Treating Your Child with OTC Acid Reflux Medications
Not only were PPIs and H2RAs tied to an increased risk of vitamin B12 deficiency, but higher doses were more strongly associated with deficiency than weaker ones, the researchers found. Those findings, Corley said, suggests that people should use the drugs for as short a time as possible, and take the lowest dose that's still effective. While the study can't prove that PPIs or H2RAs caused vitamin B12 deficiency, this isn't the first study to link anti-acid drugs to complications. Previous research has tied PPIs to the diarrhea-causing bacteria Clostridium difficile. "I think the study is interesting because we're becoming more and more aware that these drugs are being too widely prescribed," Dr. Peter Green said.
A number of conditions can contribute to gastritis, including bacterial infection, regular usage of pain relievers, excessive alcohol consumption, stress, bile reflux disease or other diseases. You Might Also Like Signs & Symptoms of Acid Diagnosis Photo Caption Biopsies can diagnose both GERD and gastritis. Photo Credit celulas_madre-115 image by Paco Ayala from Fotolia.com Typically acid reflux or GERD is suspected with heartburn. To confirm a diagnosis, medications can be prescribed, and if they are effective in treating the heartburn a diagnosis of GERD is considered confirmed. An endoscopy is also a common way of diagnosing both GERD and gastritis. Other tests such as biopsies of the esophagus, x-ray, examining the throat and larynx and esophageal acid testing and motility studies can also be completed if GERD is suspected.
Acid Reflux & Gastritis
There are several issues that can lead frustrated parents to self-medicate their babies with acid reflux. One issue is the soaring cost of health care. It can be very expensive to obtain an accurate and definitive diagnosis of infant acid reflux . The gold standard of testing is to scope the patient. The scope generally requires an outpatient procedure during which a tube with a camera thoroughly examines the gastrointestinal tissues. This test can be quite expensive for parents who are short on funds. Some parents who can afford the testing for infant acid reflux are simply terrified of putting their child through it. It can be quite daunting to consider putting your baby under anesthesia for a test when the medications are so easy to obtain. While there are risks to testing, most GIs will tell you that it is best to have a clear picture of what you are treating. Other parents site problems getting their pediatrician or GI to acknowledge the severity of their child's problem. This can be especially frustrating for parents as they watch their child suffer. Once a parent begins medicating their child without physician supervision or approval, it can be very hard for them to be honest with their child's doctor. If the child is already on OTC medication but is still in pain , it can be tempting just to increase the dose on your own. Most people self-medicating their child are good parents who think they are doing what is right for their child. If you are in the same boat, stay tuned! In my next blog we will discuss why self-medicating can be so dangerous. If you do not have an account, create one now! Email Address