Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Pip | 2010-03-01

Q.

Reflux

Hi my daughter has been diagnosed with mild reflux due to picking up that she had oesophagitis. The dr prescribed the following, Losec 10mg, 1ml Gaviscon in each bottle and malaxom 0.4ml (got the generic). I have also had her on the Novalac AR. I was reading on a site that one shouldn''t use the AR formula when someone is suffering from oesophagitis. I also read that the Losec should not be mixed with milk but something acidic, and that it should not be taken immediately before a meal. Can you please let me know whether this is correct? The AR hasn''t seemed to make any difference to her spitting up, I was considering trying a whey based formula as it is digested quicker - as a lot of her spitting takes place a good hour or two later. Would you recommend this, or could I try a HA formula. She is 3 months old (7 weeks corrected age).
Thanks so much - I am desperate to help sort this out and also hopefully get better sleep for both of us.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby daughter is on a lot of treatment for reflux.Her oesophagitis was caused by the stomach acid refluxing up into the lower part of the oesophagus. She must be on Losec Mups which are dissolved in water and given once a day before a feed. She will not need the Gaviscon once the Losec starts to work and stops her stomach acid. She is on Malaxom so will not need to be on an AR formula. She would probably do best either on NAN HA or Lactogen1.I see you have also asked about Prelone. This is a cortisone medicine which can have side effects and she should not be on this medicine.

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