Product Type: Gaviscon baby products
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They didn't work for my son
Member Name: tinkerbell69
Advantages: They are easy enough to give to my baby & don't effect the taste of his bottle
Disadvantages: They haven't worked so far for my son
I have a 5 month old son who has always brought a lot of his bottle of milk back up after each feed and i mean A LOT. I felt so sorry for my poor little baby always being sick so much after every bottle i gave him, his bibs were soaked and his little mouth always full of sick as he was sometimes hesitant to spit it out. I was starting to get quite worried by the amount of his milk he was bringing back up and i suspected that he may have had some kind of intolarence to the milk, i tried a few different types of milk for him but he was still just as bad which is why i took him to see the doctor.
The doctor said it was unlikely that he had an intolerance to the milk is he was only 3 months old and it is apparently quite rare to develop an intolarence to milk at that age. Instead she insisted that my son probably had reflux problems which is why he was being so sick after every bottle. Babies get reflux because the muscular valve at the end of their food pipe, which is designed to keep food down, hasn't developed properly yet so it causes them to bring their milk back up.
The doctor prescribed these Gaviscon Infant Sachets to help with the reflux problems and minimise the amount my son was being sick. I was surprised that this is what the Gaviscon Infant Sachets were designed to do as i'd always thought that Gaviscon was only for heart burn and indigestion, but obviously the infant sachets work differently.
These sachets are suitable for babies from 4 months old up to 2 years, but the doctor gave us the go ahead to give them to my son at 3 months as he is a slightly bigger than average baby. The powder sachets are added to your babies bottle of milk, you pour two little scahets into the bottle of milk which must contain at least 225ml or more of feed and then shake. My son however was only on 180ml bottles so the doctor said to just pour one sachet into his feed until they increased in size.
My baby didn't seem to notice any difference in the taste to his milk and he still drank it happily, but unfortunately I noticed no difference in the amount of milk he brought back up after his feeds, he was still being quite sick so the sachets haven't had much of an effect for him. Perhaps it's because I can only give him one sachet with his bottle being so small, it might work better for babies on bigger bottle who can have two sachets, but i won't know until i've tried this.
So i wouldn't say these sachets work very well for younger babies, they haven't had the desired effect for us but I will probably give them another go when the size of my sons bottles increase.
Please note you can only give the sachets to your baby a maximum of 6 times in 24 hours. You can get these sachets prescribed for free with the NHS if you take your baby to see your GP.
Summary: Worth a try but i haven't found them useful for very young babies.
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