We had the weirdest night last night. I eat a mostly whole foods, avoiding GMO and chemicals, as-much-organic-as-I-can-afford diet, but last night I was super nauseuos and too lazy to make herbal tea, which is what I should have done; instead I grabbed one of my husband's Canada Dry ginger ales from the fridge and drank most of it over the course of an hour or two. My 5-month-old was asleep already, but she doesn't get into a deep sleep until I join her in bed for good, so she nursed a bunch soon after I started drinking it. And after a while, her behaviour became SO strange. She got totally wakeful and wouldn't go back to sleep. She does screech and flail for fun, but she was screeching in this really strange voice; it was like someone replaced her vocal cords, and she was arching her back and flailing her arms as if she couldn't control it, just on and on and on. Her breathing also became really shallow and fast for a long time. Even when she finally went back to sleep (after midnight!!), I was kind of afraid to fall asleep because her breathing was so strange. The noises were just unearthly and I was concerned at how hyperactive her body seemed. Not herself at all.
Soon after she started acting this way I thought, "It's probably all the white sugar I just drank that she's not used to." But then it occurred to me to read the ingredients, and I saw something I didn't recognize: sodium benzoate. So I looked it up online quickly and found at least one other parent posting that it makes her daughter hyperactive, and that it can exacerbate ADHD symptoms, etc.
Has anyone ever heard of this?? Obviously it gave me a bit of a scare, and if she's that sensitive I am going to have to be even more careful with what I put in my body than I thought.
It was also sad to realize that nursing, my go-to for every problem, was just going to make the problem continue until it was through both our systems I did hand-express a bit after I started suspecting the sodium benzoate of causing her odd behaviour.
Too paranoid? Yes? Thoughts? Thanks!