Too Many Babies Take Anti-Reflux Drugs

They’re ideal for occasional stomach acid symptoms. Like ranitidine, these medicines are H2 blockers. They work in the same way as ranitidine to reduce the amount of acid in your stomach. It’s usually best to take ranitidine for a short time.

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When acid reflux becomes chronic, it is called GERD. Zantac provides relief from GERD by preventing excess acid accumulation in the stomach. Approximately 8% of infants have received a prescription for acid-suppressive therapy.

If a family doctor or pediatrician has been pushing drugs such as PPIs, just know that there does seem to be a relationship between how long these children in the study took PPIs and their risk for bone fractures. Many babies have some form of GER, or acid reflux — but a report questions whether we need to treat the condition with medicines such as PPIs and H2-blockers. As I’m sure almost everyone knows, who’s listening to the show, PPIs work by inhibiting stomach acid secretion.

When reflux is associated with other symptoms, or if it persists beyond infancy, it is considered a disease and is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. [1] Phillips J, Pharm D, Turpin, S, Chapter 13 “The Use of Medications in Acid Reflux Disease” in Acid Reflux in Infants & Children by Tracy & Mike Davenport, 2007. Side effects from medications that inhibit the production of stomach acid are uncommon.

The surgeon looks at a video screen to see the stomach and other organs. The top part of the stomach is wrapped around the esophagus. This creates a tight band. This strengthens the LES and greatly decreases reflux. Tube feedings.

Some might develop a chronic cough, wheezing, hoarse voice, or recurrent pneumonia. A few even stop breathing (apnea) to try to protect their lungs. All of these children deserve some relief from their reflux. I’ll answer your question about side effects, discuss other treatment options, and address the important issue of using drugs that have not been approved by the FDA for children. But first a few words about reflux itself.

Do not take for more than 14 days in a row without talking with your doctor. Your doctor, pharmacist or nurse will be able to give you more information about ranitidine and about other medicines used to treat acid reflux. Your child may get the following side-effects when they first start taking ranitidine but they should wear off. If they are still a problem after a week or so, contact your doctor. Your doctor will work out the amount of ranitidine (the dose) that is right for your child.

What Is Zantac?

But they are not usually recommended for long-term use. Be careful when you give your child over-the-counter antacid medicines.

In some cases there are no symptoms at all. GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a long-term (chronic) digestive disorder. It happens when stomach contents flow back up (reflux) into the food pipe (esophagus) and cause symptoms or problems.

These pharmaceuticals stop acid from being produced in the stomach but without acid, much of digestion is compromised. I have encountered far too many babies, that were prescribed these acid inhibitors, exhibiting the side effects listed below. Studies have also failed to find any association between GOR and cardiorespiratory events including apnoea, bradycardia, and oxygen desaturation in preterm infants[12,13].

One of these studies shows that babies who consumed probiotics during their first three months of life were significantly less likely to have colic in the first place. There have been other studies that have shown that probiotics have actually reduced colic, even after it exists.

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