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#1 soapy

Posted 17 May 2007 - 07:01 PM


It seems that my ds may have silent reflux.  I went to the chemist to trial him on Gaviscon.  The Pharmacist gave me adult Gaviscon and said to give him 1.5ml.  I tried this but he hated it and nearly choked on it.  I think it is probably a bit thick.  Firstly is it best to mix it with water or ebm and then give it, or does this stop it working?  Second, I have read some posts and most mums are giving infant Gaviscon, is the adult stuff safe?  I didnt realise you could even get the infant stuff.


#2 Nic1973

Posted 17 May 2007 - 07:47 PM

Hi there,

My little girl was prescribed the infant gaviscon when she was very little (4 or 5 weeks) for supposed reflux. It comes in sachets and you mix it with water and either give it by spoon (almost impossible!), dropper or bottle. Its a bit of a hard ask, as the volume ends up being 15mls which is hard for a little baby to take off a spoon. But we ended up using a bottle after 6 weeks (when breastfeeding was well and truly established) with some success.

I have no ideas as to whether the adult stuff is safe or not. I can't imagine that a pharmacist would give it to you for a child/baby if it isn't, but perhaps you should check with you GP.

Hope I've been of some help. Good luck with your little one and his reflux.

#3 My two kids

Posted 17 May 2007 - 09:10 PM

Well I can't say for sure, but I know if they say to try Mylanta it's just the adult one that you use, but with a tiny dose like 1-4mls, depending.  So no reason why gaviscon wouldn't be the same if the pharmacist said so and definitely knew you were buying it for a baby....?

I have tried infant gaviscon on my little girl and I found it useless and a right pain to give to her.  I have no idea how you'd do it with b/f.


Posted 17 May 2007 - 09:46 PM

adult gaviscon is very safe as long as its only 1-1.5 mls & you can put it in water but they dont recomend milk  hope this helps also if bf use a dropper & have someone to help and when bubs is latched on slide the dropper down the side of your breast and sqeeze thr dropper gently this worked for me

Edited by zachiesmummy, 17 May 2007 - 09:48 PM.

#5 BurningBright

Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:51 PM

hi there
my bub also has silent reflux, when we went to the paed he said give her 1 to 2ml mylanta before every feed. she hated mylanta so we tried gastrogel and she seems to take it in a dropper.
however Doc has also put her on Zantac twice a day, so no gastrogel anymore.

#6 dippinsniffer

Posted 18 May 2007 - 04:13 PM

Hi, our pharmacist also said adult gaviscon was OK for babies at 2mls.
DS used to scream when having it for the first 3 days/nights but now he takes it from the spoon with not a sound. I think little babies just get used to it so it does not taste as foul as when they first start it.
It worked amazingly well BTW ! We now have to wean him onto Zantac.

#7 happyhearts

Posted 18 May 2007 - 07:10 PM

I use Infant Gaviscon sachets made up in bottles, but then I'm formula feeding so it's very easy to just add it to Dominic's bottle and down it goes.

If I had to give it any other way it would be by eye dropper / syringe much the same as giving Panadol or Zantac.

I have found it to be fantastic, much better than the Zantac that he was previously on twice a day as with each feed he gets a dose and it seems to help him a lot more.  It also has the added benefit of slightly thickening his feed and therefore making it more stable in his tummy and less likely to come back up.

#8 Kobella

Posted 18 May 2007 - 07:50 PM

I was giving infant gaviscon with a dropper - but to me it made no difference.

I am now giving around 1.5mls of Mylanta with each feed with a dropper (before breastfeeding) and he takes it fine! Seems to work much better and we are now all getting more sleep!

#9 CSF

Posted 19 May 2007 - 04:13 PM

Just out of interest, how did you know your baby has silent reflux? Sorry if l'm hijacking the post!

#10 soapy

Posted 20 May 2007 - 10:28 PM

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for your replies.  I have given up on the adult Gaviscon, DS screams as much taking it as he does when he is unsettled.  I tried to sneak it in while he was breast feeding and he just let it rip!  I gave him some Infants Friend at the next feed and he had a look of dread on his face.  When he realised it wasnt the Gaviscon he gave a sigh of relief (it was so cute).  I am now using a bottle with the Infant Gaviscon, he wont suck it but I can squeeze some into his mouth.

sugababe- Sorry, I have only just checked this topic.  Im not 100% sure that he has reflux.  I went to the 'Reflux Infants Support Association' website and found that he had a lot of the symptoms listed.  I then mentioned it to the midwife who 'hosts' my Mothers Group.  She had a hold of DS while he was unsettled, he was quite content until she started to hold him horizontal and he started up again.  She also took into consideration his other symptoms which are:  Snorting and coughing at night, hiccups (not necessarily a symptom), screaming after feeds and other times of the day.  I am taking him to a Doc tomorrow so we will see how that goes.  Hopefully I wont be fobbed off like I was at his 6 week check up.  


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