Prevacid now comes in a 24 hour dosage and is meant for those suffering from stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and other digestive problems. It’s been on the market for over a decade now and is still a successful seller, but is it something that is safe for your baby to take?
According to WebMD babies can develop a case of GERD, and most will outgrow the condition in their first year. That’s why you should take other measures to reduce the symptoms rather than turning to a pharmaceutical answer. Prevacid is classified as a proton-pump inhibitor, which has the job of reducing how much stomach acid the body produces. Your baby’s digestive system is developing during this time, and should not be inhibited as the first line of defense against unwanted symptoms.
Many parents see their child in pain and immediately look for a fast and effective treatment, usually in the form of a prescription or OTC medication. This is typically not the best answer for your baby, and should only be used as a last resort and under the supervision of your baby’s pediatrician. They’ll be able to give you their recommended dosage, and will also be able to suggest further methods to help treat the condition.
Can I Give My Baby Prevacid? Answer: No.
Giving your child Prevacid without your doctor’s consent is not a good idea. Or course there are forums where parents say they’ve done it, and even share their dosages, but this is not good advice to follow, and there isn’t safety in numbers here. This is an over-the-counter drug that is prescription strength and is manufactured and sold for adult use.
There’s also some debate as to whether GERD is accurately diagnosed, and just what constitutes normal amounts of infants spitting up, and what crosses the line and can be determined to be infant GERD. Making that decision on your own without speaking with a professional might be a tough call, and you definitely don’t want to start treating your baby for a condition they don’t have.
Determine the Cause
Sit down with your doctor and try to determine what is causing the symptoms that your baby has that is making you consider giving them something like Prevacid. Keep a food journal so that you know exactly what they’re eating, and at what times so that you can narrow down possible offending foods. You can also notate when you feel the symptoms are at their worst, and see if there is any correlation to foods that were eaten earlier in the day. Try to determine how much food they’re getting, either by timing breastfeeding sessions, or taking account of solid food portions.
Treat the Cause
Babies are pretty much entirely in your control, so once you figure out what’s causing this, you can take steps to correct the issue and avoid giving your baby powerful drugs like this. It may require adjusting how much food your baby gets in one sitting, or you may need to adjust the type of food they’re getting. You can also make modifications to your baby’s lifestyle, including propping their head up when they sleep to prevent the acid from rising up their esophagus.
All Natural Remedies Are Best
By helping to prevent the triggering of the problem by avoiding certain foods, and changing certain details of your baby’s day, you can drastically reduce the amount of symptoms they present without introducing them to any drugs that could potentially have side effects worse than the condition itself. These methods can usually buy you enough time that your baby’s digestive system will catch up in its development and they’ll no longer have the problem any more.
It’s natural to want to help your baby quickly and get them back to their normal, happy, pain-free selves. But treating them with a drug like Prevacid is not always the answer. While it may be quite effective in adults, it still comes with its fair share of side effects for adults, and we’re the ones with the fully developed digestive systems. When used on a baby that’s still developing there may be more severe and longer lasting effects if not given properly and under the guidance of a professional.