Doctors may recommend medicines—typically proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or H2 blockers—if an infant has esophagitis or has bothersome GERD symptoms that don’t improve after lifestyle changes. Don’t give infants medicines unless told to do so by a doctor. PPIs and H2 blockers lower the amount of acid the stomach makes.
How can I help my baby with acid reflux?
What Are the Treatments for Acid Reflux in Infants and Children?
- Elevate the head of the baby’s crib or bassinet.
- Hold the baby upright for 30 minutes after a feeding.
- Thicken bottle feedings with cereal (do not do this without your doctor’s approval).
- Feed your baby smaller amounts of food more often.
What reflux medicine is safe for infants?
Ranitidine, also sold as the brand-name medication Zantac(R), is a H-2 (Histamine-2) blockers. This medication is approved for use in infants as young as four weeks old to treat GERD and may be recommended by your child’s PCP.
Do pacifiers help with reflux?
It found that babies who sucked on pacifiers had fewer and shorter episodes of gastroesophageal or “acid” reflux, a painful condition in which stomach acid creeps into the throat.
How long does reflux meds take to work in infants?
When should the medicine start working? The medicine will give some relief from acid reflux after about 2 hours. However, it works best when given regularly. It is therefore important that you continue to give ranitidine every day, as prescribed by your doctor, even if your child feels well.
What age does reflux peak in babies?
GER usually begins at approximately 2 to 3 weeks of life and peaks between 4 to 5 months. Most babies who are born at full term will have complete resolution of symptoms by the time they are 9 to 12 months old.
When does baby reflux improve?
For most babies, GE reflux gets better as they get older. Many babies are much better by 6 months of age and reflux is usually outgrown by one year of age. Symptoms will slowly go away, but at a different rate for each baby.
Does GERD in babies go away?
GERD is very common during a baby’s first year of life. It often goes away on its own. Your child is more at risk for GERD if he or she has: Down syndrome.
How do you burp a reflux baby?
The best way to burp a baby experiencing reflux is by holding them with their tummy side against your chest and burping them over your shoulder. This will allow for removal of trapped gas and acid from your baby’s system before giving them further milk to drink.