What are antacids and how do antacids work? Here is 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.
Antacids neutralize gastric acid and ecause antacids reduce excess acidity, 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. Therefore, if your baby is having a mild or sporadic reflux events antacids could be a good resource for you.
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.
We could go into the blah, blah blah of 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 can attract and hold onto the hydrogen ions. Grabbing up the hydrogen makes the pH of the stomach less acidic.
According to new guidelines, chronic antacid therapy is generally not recommended in pediatrics for the treatment of GERD. [CLINICAL REPORT Gastroesophageal Reflux: Management Guidance for the Pediatrician from The American Academy of Pediatrics].
But why do you need to know that?
What you need to know is that if your baby is suffering from acid reflux for more than a week and is starting to show signs of pain and discomfort you need to do something to to help for longer term symptoms and antacids are not the answer.
You need help for your baby now.
If your baby is only having sporadic reflux symptoms you should check with your doctor but our will typically recomend the following in accordance to the American Pediatric Associations guidelines.
You could also consider connecting with one of our doctors that specialize in baby reflux in an telemedicine appointment to get your baby the qualified help it needs now.
Maximum three doses a day and it is best if you use them between doses of other treatments such as one hour after a meal and also one hour before or after any PPI dose. This is to provide quick relief of symptoms such as heartburn.
Mylanta Cherry Supreme or generic versions (now known as CVS Cherry Supreme)
Although it is NOT indicated for infants under the age of 12 months. Many reflux groups have posted that they have used it as an inbetween treatment when using a PPI or all by itself for occasional symptoms. This method should be discussed with your medical care practitioner.
See below what some families do to use MCS.
Maalox: contains aluminum. You should not give your baby aluminum. Maalox also states that you should consult a physician if you intend to you Maalox with children under the age of 12 years old.
Active ingredients (in each 5 ml = 1 teaspoonful)
Aluminum hydroxide (equiv. to dried gel USP) 400 mg ..........Antacid
Magnesium hydroxide 400 mg................................................Antacid
Simethicone 40 mg.................................................................Antigas
Tums quick dissolve tablets (also not indicated for infants) some have used this with the guidance of a qualified medical practitioner.
Antacids should not be taken with.