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Medications for Infant GERD Treatment

When a child is uncomfortable, has difficulty sleeping or eating, or does not grow, your healthcare provider may suggest a medication for GERD. Different types of medicine can be used for infant GERD treatment. These most commonly include a medicine from one of two classes: H2 blockers or proton-pump inhibitors.
H2 Blockers
One class of GERD medications for infants is called histamine receptor antagonists or H2 blockers. These lower the level of acid produced by the stomach. These drugs can be used to safely control the symptoms of GERD in many infants. Examples of this type of medication include:
While a number of these are available without a prescription, you should not give these to your child without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Proton Pump Inhibitors
Another class of medication for infant GERD treatment is proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs. There are several types of PPIs:
Prevacid has been approved to treat GERD and erosive esophagitis in children 1 year of age and older. Prilosec has been approved to treat GERD and erosive esophagitis in children 2 years of age or older. It is possible that your healthcare provider may prescribe another PPI for infant GERD treatment. This is called an "off-label use."
Also, the nonprescription PPIs (including Prilosec OTC®, Prevacid® 24HR, or Zegerid OTC™) are not appropriate for infants, since they come only in tablet or capsule form.
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