Gastroesophageal Reflux & Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Parent FAQs


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The pathogenic mechanism that allows enteric bacteria to cause gastrointestinal infections is multi-factorial. Gastric acid inhibition reduces the gastric microbiocidal barrier, delays gastric emptying, reduces gastric mucus viscosity thereby increasing the risk of bacterial translocation in addition to increasing the risk of colonisation by bacterial agents. Gastric acid inhibition also has an adverse effect on leukocyte function by decreasing adhesion to endothelial cells, reducing chemotactic response to bacterial proteins and inhibiting neutrophil phagocytosis by phagosome acidification[16]. This is potentially important in neonates and infants, who have immature humoral immunity[16].

Several acid reflux treatments are available for these babies. Gastric reflux is common in infants because the band of muscle, or sphincter, that squeezes the top opening of the stomach shut, does not yet close at full strength, especially in premature babies.

Between 2006 and 2010 the number of prescriptions dispensed for newborns increased from 4650 to 8231. The largest occurred in the age zero to three months (111%) and four to six months (80%) cohorts. This increase is despite a lack of evidence to support the prescribing of omeprazole to infants for symptoms such as rritability and regurgitation associated with uncomplicated reflux (BPAC 2011; 2014). During this horrendous, heart-wrenching time, this doctor still refused to place her baby on acid-suppressing drugs.

Zantac can block liver enzymes that also break down medications. Decreasing your baby’s excess stomach acid can decrease the irritability they have from the pain of acid reflux after feeding.

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This leaflet is about the use of ranitidine for acid reflux. Had you tried to take your breast milk put it in a bottle and add a little bit of rice cereal?

Most children outgrow their reflux symptoms by the time they are nine to 12 months old, although it sometimes lingers until 18 months. A pediatric surgeon, along with a pediatric gastroenterologist, can help you determine if your child with severe reflux is a candidate for a fundoplication. Other medications include Reglan, bethanechol, and erythromycin, which are described as prokinetic agents. These medicines can actually help the stomach empty faster but are not used as much because they tend to have multiple side effects. Even with lifestyle changes and reflux baby formulas, the mainstay of reflux treatments are reflux medications.

No sides effects. I just want young mothers with baby’s who have severe reflux know, that there is a way out and there is a way to let you enjoy your baby and relax (because that is something I didn’t know in the beginning untill I heard about Zantac). This is why it was important for me to write all the above. I know that it doesn’t resolve the problem faster and I don’t expect it to do so but it does give the baby a relief and let him be a normal baby with a relaxed mother (that is sometimes much more important even though the Zantac can have side effects by the studies you wrote about) . My son is 8weeks he is on Zantac and Prilosec I think it’s a little much for such a small child.

  • Many parents think of acid reflux as being a ‘baby’ disease, but older children and teens can get reflux too.
  • So that’s pretty ironic, right?
  • Some babies with reflux have other conditions that make them tired.

pH monitoring. This test checks the pH or acid level in the esophagus.

Usually the first place to start is with looking at how the baby is fed. Decreasing the volume and increasing the frequency of feedings is sometimes enough to deal with reflux. If the baby is already drinking from a bottle, thickening the feedings with rice cereal is an option to be discussed with your physician. This can mechanically reduce the amount of milk sloshed back up the esophagus. Some studies suggest that this decreases both spitting up and crying in babies with reflux.

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If any food seems to produce reflux or heartburn, keep it out of the diet for a week or two and then reintroduce it. If symptoms reoccur, avoid that food until your pediatrician recommends to reintroduce it into the diet. Your child’s pediatrician will review your child’s symptoms and feeding patterns and assess your child’s growth by plotting his or her weight and height on a growth chart. This information will help them determine whether your child is a “happy spitter” or has symptoms of GERD.

Even doctors get confused about reflux disease in babies

When the LES relaxes too often or for too long, stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. This causes vomiting or heartburn.

Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval. If you are using nonprescription ranitidine for self-treatment of acid indigestion or heartburn, take 1 tablet by mouth with a glass of water as needed. To prevent heartburn, take 1 tablet by mouth with a glass of water 30-60 minutes before eating food or drinking beverages that cause heartburn. Do not take more than 2 tablets in 24 hours unless directed by your doctor.

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