What are antacids and how do antacids work? Here is an all you will need to know regarding antacids and how they affect your baby's infant acid reflux if you decide this is the best option for treating infant acid reflux.
Most antacids work by either neutralizing stomach acid or preventing its production.
The following ingredients are the combination of a typical antacid:
They are chemical compounds that are able to raise the stomach's pH above 3.5 in ten minutes.
Antacids neutralize gastric acid. Gastric acid is hydrochloric acid or HCI and it consists of hydrogen and chloride ions. It is the hydrogen ions that give acid it's caustic and damaging properties. Antacids are able to attract and hold onto the hydrogen ions. Grabbing up the hydrogen makes the pH of the stomach less acidic.
Because antacids reduce excess acid, they alleviate symptoms of heartburn and help allow the natural healing process to take place in any damaged areas. Many serve as a protective coating against further damage. However, antacids are a short term solution because they do not maintain a reduced level of acidity in the stomach.
Antacids come in multiple forms including tablets, liquids, capsules and lozenges. They are available without a prescription (OTC or over the counter form) but your doctor may give you specific instructions for giving them to your child with acid reflux. The most that should be given to your child is three doses a day and it is best if you use them between doses of other treatments and one and three hours after a meal. This is to provide quick relief of symptoms such as heartburn.
Maalox: Maalox is a good example of what NOT to use for your infants acid reflux. The primary reason is it contains aluminum. You should not give your baby aluminum.
Active ingredients (in each 5 ml = 1 teaspoonful) Purpose
Aluminum hydroxide (equiv. to dried gel USP) 400 mg ..........Antacid
Magnesium hydroxide 400 mg................................................Antacid
Simethicone 40 mg.................................................................Antigas
Maalox also states that you should consult a physician if you intend to you Maalox with children under the age of 12 years old.
Tums quick dissolve tablets:
Mylanta Cherry supreme or generic versions:
Mylanta cherry supreme or generic versions such as CVS brand seem to be the go to for infant acid reflux. It can serve as a inbetween treatment is using a PPI or all by itself for occasional symptoms.
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Contraindications are what NOT TO DO with antacids or what antacids should not be taken with.
Much of the contents of this page came from the Marci kids website when it was live. All information contained on this page was created and approved by Dr. Jeffrey Phillips, the creator of MarciKids dosing.