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Aug 31, 2010
kavyamom
Sodium bicarbonate in Buffer Babies, concerned?
I am a little concerned about the sodium bicarbonate in Buffer Babies after reading stuff like this:

Sodium Bicarbonate (a.k.a. Baking Soda). Sodium bicarbonate is an alkali (antacid) which alters the naturally occurring pH of baby's stomach acid. It may counteract some discomfort caused by acid reflux in cases of acidic stomach. However, changing the delicate pH balance in baby’s system can cause over-alkalinity and exacerbate a colicky condition. Furthermore, sodium bicarbonate is also absorbed into the bloodstream and thus can have unwanted side effects. Studies have shown that sodium bicarbonate can deplete and interfere with Folic Acid and Iron, indicating that it may affect the function or absorption of both. For this reason, sodium bicarbonate containing products are not to be consumed by “children under 5 years of age”, as stated clearly on antacid and baking soda boxes. Antacids always warn against extended use: “Do not use for more than 2 weeks”. According to some doctors, sodium bicarbonate can cause an imbalance in babies’ electrolytes, which can also lead to serious problems.

Aug 31, 2010
vigilantmom
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
For Ryan, it was this or a G Tube. Nothing else worked for him. I do have his iron and B12 levels checked and they are both great, so not worries for him. He is only getting 6 ml of the solution so the sodium bicarbonate part of that is less than that. It is completely a personal decision that you have to make as a mother. I did not want to go the gtube route so this was my last choice for him. Its always best to avoid meds if you can but sometimes it is what it is. Just be an aware consumer, watch for side affects and to testing as advised... no matter the drug you are using.

Sounds to me that you are very nervous to use the product. If that is the case, dont do it or you will constantly 2nd guess yourself.

Aug 31, 2010
kavyamom
Yes, I am nervous about using BB but I am nervous about giving anything new to her since she has pretty much reacted badly to 99% of things I give her! Anyway, I keep a very detailed log of her food, sleep, etc. on a daily basis so I might still give the BB a try to see if it first suits her and then helps her. I will know pretty quickly if the ingredients don't suit her.
Sep 01, 2010
dcd
Kavyamom,

I think you mentioned you Kavya is seeing a GI? Why don't you forward him/her the info from Marci-Kids.com and RefluxSolutions.com and get his feedback? If you do, I'd be interested to hear it.

Sep 01, 2010
kavyamom
Our GI doesn't communicate via email, only phone. I will email the info to my regular pedi though and see what he has to say about it. He is fairly knowledgeable about reflux. Also, next time I talk to the GI on the phone or in person I will ask her about it.
Check with your
doctor first!