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Location: Moved from San Diego, CA to Issaquah, WA and hating every moment of it!
So, my son (now 18 months old) was prescribed Zantac when he was somewhere between 6-8 weeks old. The doctor gave us the prescription and told us to give it to him twice a day. The stuff is nasty, very strong peppermint. It burns my mouth, so we gave it to my son in his morning bottle and his bedtime bottle. When the Zantac didn't seem effective, the doctor had us switch it up a bit and said to give him Zantac in the morning, and a dissolvable Prevacid tab at night. We did that, but immediately noticed it was not working out, so we went back to Zantac twice a day, adjusted his dosage as he gained weight, and things were great.
Now my daughter (4 months) has bad reflux, too (hers seems worse than her brother's). She's been on Zantac since about 4 weeks old. She's just gone through a growth spurt and her dose no longer seems effective (after being great for some time). Now the doctor wants to switch to Prevacid. Every pharmacy in a 20 mile radius is out of Prevacid for some reason, so I won't know until Monday how they want us to administer it. I was assuming we'd do the same as the Zantac.
Now with some research, I'm reading that the calcium in formula can have an adverse effect on antacid, so now I'm wondering if all this time we've been totally administering it in a counter productive way.
So, how do you administer your child's liquid antacid??
My daughter is a on liquid prevacid 3 times daily since being in the NICU. She gets it straight or she gets it in a tiny amount of warm warm. I mean less then an ounce.
I give it 30m before meals so that it has time to work. Put it back in the fridge til next time
I have a 2 yr old that is on Nexium and cant wait till calleigh is old enough to go on that, it will be much easier. Crystal takes llike an adult, capsule in mouth, water swallow. when little we broke it on a spoonful of applesauce.
We have seen a GI specialists and that is how they told us to administer it.
Ours is only available at the hospital pharmacy so we have to plan like a week ahead of refills. its annoying most pharmacy's don't do the compounds and mixings
We would always have to sneak Noah's his meds with a bottle. I never mixed it with his bottle, I would just give it to him and them give him the bottle as a "chaser". He was only on the Zantac for a short while. Then we moved onto Prevacid - that we give in a syringe mixed with water....
Have you talked to the pharmacy about trying to mix in a flavor with the meds? I know that if the med is strong in taste already - then usually the fruit additive will only make it worse - but I would still check with a pharmacist and see what they could suggest.
When I do Henry's first and last bottles of the "day", I make a separate small Gerber bottle (I use drop ins) with just half an ounce in it. I add 1 mL of Zantac, give that to him first, then his "real" bottle.
I found when mixing meds in beverages for my 3.5 yo that he might not finish the entire thing, therefore not getting all the medication.