Anyone else have a baby on Zantac/ Ranitidine

Heather - posted on 02/23/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 9 month old son was put on Zantac today for reflux. He has damage to his esopogus from the acid and freaquent bouts of throwing up. I was just wondering what the outcome will be. Does the stuff work? Please share your experiences good/bad.

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Renae - posted on 02/23/2011

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Wow 9 months is very old to just be going on medication now if it was severe enough to be burning his oesophegus. Why wasn't he on something earlier?

Zantac is one of the more mild antacids. Its similar to what adults take over the counter. A stronger one is called omeprazole or losec. The protocol in Australia for omeprazole is 5mg per day, which means that is as much as any hospital employed or health department regulated doctor (such as a GP) can prescribe. However good privately employed paediatricians will prescribe up to 30mg per day. My baby was on 20mg.

Antacids do work. They neutralise the stomach acid, it still comes up, but it doesn't burn so it helps with the pain, not the spewing. He can also be taking a thickener, either added to formula or given to him before a breast feed (it mixes with breast milk in the stomach). If you cant find these at your local pharmacy call a hospital pharmacy at a children's hospital that has an infants ward.

If the medication does not seem to be helping, you have the option of diagnostic testing. Reflux, unlike colic, can be officially tested for and diagnosed and a level of severity given. The tests are a bit invasive for my liking (involves a tube being put down babies throat into the stomach and it measures the level of acidity over a 24 hour period) but it gets you referred to the appropriate specialists who can actually help.

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Rashmi - posted on 03/27/2016

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Hi ... I am giving my 10 month old zantac(Ranitidine) since she was 3 months old.
Doctor is suggesting me to continue it. Am a bit worried to continue that medicine.

Any suggestion if anyone has given their kids zantac more than 10 months.
Kindly help me with this

Marylea - posted on 02/23/2011

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My daughter was on zantac for a few days while she was in the hospital but they decided it wasn't working and put her on omeprazole. She was still on it when she came home (at nearly 4 months old) the omeprazole would make her throw up every time I gave it to her so I just stopped giving it to her. She still had reflux but the medications weren't helping. Once she started eating solids though it wasn't as big of a problem. I made sure that she slept on an incline, that helped. I have acid reflux and zantac works just fine for me though.

Catherine - posted on 02/23/2011

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My experience was the same as Jennifer's. My son was on Zantac from 1-4 months old and it was alright, but at 4 months old we switched to prevacid, and that stuff was magic. The prevacid is really expensive, though, and I know my insurance company required that Zantac be tried first before the switch could be made, so if your insurance is the same, you may have to give it a month or two. Hopefully it will work for you, though, as I do know some people who have had more positive experiences with it.

Katherine - posted on 02/23/2011

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Both of my daughters had acid reflux at a very young age (2 months) they both did ok. They could have done better.

Medic - posted on 02/23/2011

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My now one year old was on it when she was 2 months old and it worked for a bit but we ended up switching to prevacid and it worked like magic. I had a totally different child after that. My daughter has since outgrown her GERD for the most part.

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