Product Type: Gaviscon baby products
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Member Name: rosaliecullen
Advantages: Can help with reflux
Disadvantages: Non parent-friendly format
Gaviscon Infant sachets were prescribed for our baby when it was suspected that she had reflux - a condition by which milk/stomach acid is regurgitated in the babies' throat and they cry for more milk, the milk soothes the pain of the burning but then the cycle starts over again. Babies who cry when they are lay flat on their backs and babies who cluster feed may show signs of having reflux. They are often 'sicky babies' and may throw up more than just a bit of milk.
== My Opinion==
I should say that after just a few feeds of using this, it became clear that reflux was not the issue, more like over indulgence of milk/being unable to produce dirty nappies - both of which caused our baby to be sick. For us, the Gaviscon Infant made no difference to whether the baby could keep the milk down or not. However, I have heard many a parent saying they swear by it if indeed the baby did have reflux. However, having used the Gaviscon for over a week for six feeds a day, I feel qualified to have an opinion on it. Firstly, it comes in sachets which you have to fiddle around with to make into a paste with boiling water, add 5ml first then make it into a paste then add another 10ml to make it into a solution - mine never seemed to go into a paste, 5ml always seemed way too much given the amount of powder our little one was supposed to have (varies with weight/age of baby - check box!). It is then suggested to give it to the baby in a bottle. Going out of the house with enough sterile bottles for both the milk and gaviscon separately was a pest for me. I also felt like the baby was sucking in more air trying to drink a small 15ml out of the bottle and ended up giving herself more wind and caused her to be sick more often. Surely it would just be simpler to provide a non-needle syringe with the sachets or better still provide a syringe PLUS a liquid that could be syringe'd into the babies mouth or added to the babies bottle really easily and quickly? I'm sure there is some reason why they must provide it as a powder but for me it was just a nuisance, although obviously you'd try anything to make the baby feel better, I felt the manufacturers could have thought about it a little bit more!
The Gaviscon didn't work for us but although it was diagnosed as suspected reflux, I don't think it was which is why I don't think the Gaviscon worked particularly well. I do think they could produce the product in a more parent-friendly manner, so for that reason I'm giving the product a 3 out of 5. However, if your baby does have suspected reflux, it could help so don't rule it out as a possible solution
Summary: Have heard good things if it is reflux but awkward to give to baby