Infant Gaviscon may be recommended by a doctor or pharmacist, if the baby is not gaining weight properly or has complications with the reflux. It may also be recommended if the child has a hiatus hernia that is causing the reflux. Infant Gaviscon should only be given on the advice of a medical professional.
The active ingredients of infant Gaviscon are not absorbed into the bloodstream. Instead they work by reacting with the stomach contents to form a gel. This gel thickens the stomach contents, making it more difficult for them to be refluxed back into the food pipe and be regurgitated.
What is it used for?
- Gastro-oesophageal reflux in infants
- Preventing regurgitation of the stomach contents in infants.
- Infant Gaviscon should only be used on the recommendation of a doctor or other health professional.
- Follow the dosage instructions supplied with the medicine carefully. Do not give more than six times in 24 hours. The medicine contains sodium and excessive use could raise the amount of sodium in the child’s blood.
- The child should be reviewed by a doctor after seven days of treatment with this medicine, or earlier if the child’s condition worsens.
- Infant Gaviscon is not appropriate for use in adults or elderly
Precautions; not to be used in:
- Premature infants and infants under 1 year of age, unless on the advice of a doctor
- Blockage of the gut (intestinal obstruction)
- Inflammation of the stomach and intestine (gastroenteritis)
- Decreased kidney function
- Situations where excessive water loss is likely, eg fever, diarrhoea, vomiting or high room temperature
Infant Gaviscon should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Also if you want to stir in the thickener powder, try sterilising the spoon that comes in your formula milk powder (they tend to hold up well at extreme temps!) … then just use that to stir once you’ve used it to scoop!
It is a hassle with extra bottles but at least you can feed the correct dosage and ensure that whatever goes into baby is correctly medicated for the amount they are taking at that time.
Like many things to do with babies, it’s a case of finding what suits you and baby in a safe and controlled environment. It is most important that instructions & dosages of medicines prescribed or over the counter, are not altered in any way. If you are at all in doubt, please speak to your Health Visitor or GP.