Product Type: Gaviscon baby products
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Gaviscon a mother's lifesaver!
Member Name: h_perry
Date: 10/12/12, updated on 23/01/13 (162 review reads)
Advantages: Helps dramaticall reduce vomiting in infants
Disadvantages: Pain to seperate sachets
Gaviscon Infant is a pharmacy only product and you can therefore only get this product with a doctor's prescription, however I have seen it for sale on Amazon UK. I first noticed a problem with my little boy when he was around 3 and a half weeks old he began projectile vomiting between feeds and also having small bouts of diarrhoea I was concerned as I knew it didn't take long for babies to become dehydrated and I was worried at the fact it was projectile and not normal vomiting. On seeing the first doctor they prescribed this as they presumed it was Reflux, we later found out it was a minor case of Pyloric Stenosis but it does not require surgery. Anyway, we received one box of this to try it at first and he is now on repeat prescription due to its effectiveness in minimising the vomit in which my son was bringing up.
Firstly, the box contains 30 doses which are attached in 2s, this is a bit of a pain as when my baby was first put onto Gaviscon he was under 4.5kg so he only required 1 sachet per bottle and he was allowed 6 doses a day. I was therefore forced to cut the sachets so they were individuals rather than double sachets, when I didn't I was left with powder everywhere whenever I then had to open the second sachet as there would be a small amount left from the first sachet. The sachets themselves are not easy to open they require you to cut them, this is a bit of a pain when you are out and you have to carry scissors in your changing back to be able to open them properly ( I am unsure how I am going to get round this when it comes to travelling home). If your baby is over 4.5 kg then they use 2 sachets this therefore minimise the cut in between both sachets but you will still need to cut the tops to get at the medication.
One thing to note about this product is that it has to be made up with no less than 120ml of formula or 1 tbsp. of breast milk depending on your method of feeding. The breast feeding method therefore will create a paste like substance for you to administer to your little one or the formula method will just be added to their bottle just before you give it to them, do not leave it in the bottle for too long before feeding. The made problem with the formula feeding method is that if your baby is on less than 120ml feeds you still have to prepare the feed to this amount and are therefore forced to waste formula and also the amount of Gaviscon will be less if your baby is not drinking the full bottle, I didn't have this problem until they suggested that due to my baby's condition I should feed him every 2 hours with 60ml bottles, this was impractical as my baby gets very agitated if he doesn't receive a full feed which was then 120ml regardless of the previous vomiting.
The Gaviscon comes as a cream coloured powder and doesn't really have a smell which is surprising considering the smell it produces when it comes out! Changing baby's bum can cause a somewhat eye watering experience! The products effectiveness can be seen after about 1 day of use, like all medicines it takes a while for the product to settle and become effective. I have found that it has reduced vomiting and my little boy is gaining more weight every week, he was gaining weight with the vomiting but not as much as he should have been. The Gaviscon does make my little boy pass bowel movements more frequently, whereas before he would only have 1 bowel movement per day and he now has about 3 or 4 this is normal and I would rather this than him losing the milk before he has had change to get the nutrition he needs from it.
Gaviscon works by helping to bring up the babies wind to help prevent food sitting on air bubbles which then forces to food out of the baby, it is normal for the baby to then burp themselves, however, you should always burp the baby to ensure that there is no air left in the babies stomach as this itself can lead to vomiting and stomach ache.
If your baby has similar problems such as reflux or other gastrointestinal problems and this has not been offered to you I would highly recommend asking for this at a doctor's appointment to see if this helps with the problem. Overall the product is highly effective even if it is a bit of a nightmare to individual separate the sachets.
Summary: A good product for refluxy babies
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