GERD in Infants and Children (cont.)
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What Are the Treatments for Acid Reflux in Infants and Children?
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There are a variety of lifestyle measures you can try for acid reflux in your child:
For older children:
If the reflux is severe or doesn't get better, your doctor may recommend drugs to treat it.
Medications for GERD
Drugs to Lessen Gas
Drugs to Neutralize or Decrease Stomach Acid
Researchers aren't sure whether decreasing stomach acid lessens reflux in infants.
For the most part, drugs that decrease intestinal gas or neutralize stomach acid (antacids) are very safe. At high doses, antacids can cause some side effects, such as diarrhea. Chronic use of very high doses of Maalox or Mylanta may be associated with an increased risk of rickets (thinning of the bones) or vitamin B12 deficiency.
Side effects from medications that inhibit the production of stomach acid are quite uncommon. A small number of children may develop some sleepiness when they take Zantac, Pepcid, Axid, or Tagamet.
Reviewed on 7/11/2012
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