PPIs, Omeprazole & Ranitidine Fact Sheet

If a baby is just irritable from a feeding every now and again, it is extremely unlikely the stomach contents are damaging their esophagus and therefore it wouldn’t qualify as GERD. Parents are quick to be concerned about reflux, because spitting up is a regular part of most babies’ everyday lives.

So folate and B12 in particular are needed to form new red blood cells, and they play an important role in methylation, which silences and activates gene expression, which, in turn, regulates just about anything in the body. Vitamin C is important for collagen development and the structural development of the body, in addition to immune function. Iron is also involved in red blood cell function. Without enough iron, babies will become anemic and not develop properly. Magnesium plays a role in over 300 different enzymatic reactions in the body, it’s one of the most important nutrients that we need.

In some cases tube feedings may be recommended. Some babies with reflux have other conditions that make them tired. These include congenital heart disease or being born too early (premature). These babies often get sleepy after they eat or drink a little.

Several studies have shown that these medications are ineffective at treating symptoms associated with reflux in the absence of endoscopically proven oesophagitis. With a lack of evidence for efficacy, attention is now being turned to the potential risks of gastric acid suppression.

Her “back to basic” nurturing techniques would have made my life and my daughter’s first few months a lot more enjoyable instead of the hellish time I recollect. I believe that this book will help other parents to avoid the nightmare and instead discover a nurturing way to manage their baby’s problems. The prescribing of anti-reflux drugs to infants with presumed GERD has skyrocketed in recent years, with one study showing a sevenfold increase in the use of one class of commonly prescribed acid-reducing medicines used by infants between 1999 and 2004.

Foods in mother’s diet can also affect breastfeeding babies. Cow’s milk is the most common cause of this, but other foods such as soy, egg, and peanuts could also be a problem. For most babies, I prefer briefly trying to feed the baby without these exposures to see if this solves the reflux problem before trying any medication. I suspect that tobacco, coffee, and caffeine in breastmilk and secondhand smoke in the air also worsen reflux in babies, but I have not seen proof of this.

The results were recently published in Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Clinical symptoms are only rarely validated by the gold-standard reflux test in babies, a new clinical study shows.

This ring of muscle normally relaxes to let food pass from the esophagus into the stomach and then tightens again to keep the food there. When it is not fully developed or it opens at the wrong time, the stomach contents move back or reflux into the esophagus. See Why Babies Spit Up for more information on this.

Zantac can also be a safe and effective way to decrease stomach acid, heartburn, and related pain in your baby, but there are certain precautions. Learn more about heartburn in babies and how certain types of Zantac can work to treat it. Zantac is one drug that treats excess stomach acid and related conditions. You may also know it by its generic name, ranitidine. Ranitidine belongs to a class of drugs called histamine-2 receptor blockers, or H2-blockers.

Tagamet is not approved by the FDA for children under 16 and Axid is not approved by the FDA for children under 12. Pepcid and Zantac are now approved for children, even infants, although they were not at the time of your question. Zantac is a strong drug.

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December 11, 2009

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