This page answers these questions on Gaviscon Infant and Gaviscon Advance, common medications used for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux:
To read more on gastroesophageal reflux, click here.
Gavsicon is a medicine made out of seaweed products, called alginates.
Gaviscon Infant contains sodium alginate and magnesium alginate. This is used in babies with gastroesophageal reflux. Read more on reflux.
Gaviscon Advance contains sodium alginate and potassium bicarbonate. It is generally used in children older than 2 years of age.
When the alginates in Gaviscon reach the stomach, they mix with the stomach acid to make a gel. This gel floats on top of the milk in the stomach covering it so it is less likely to reflux back up the esophagus. So this means your baby is less likely to vomit.
Gaviscon is used in the management of babies and toddlers who have gastroesophageal reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
The Gaviscon Infant "dose" is half one sachet. It's important not to get confused and think that one sachet is the same as one "dose".
In babies the dose you can give is:
If you find that this doesn't work, try mixing the dose with water and giving after a feed.
It is important that you don't give more than 6 doses in a 24 hour period as Gaviscon contains salt (sodium) and giving more than the recommended doses above could cause high sodium (salt) levels in your baby and this can be dangerous.
Do not give a dose if you have already given a dose within the last 2 hours unless you baby vomited within 30 minutes of the dose.
For older children, the dose is:
If you are breast-feeding, mix the dose you are going to use into a paste with 5 ml of water (which has been boiled and then cooled) and then add a further 10 ml and then give it at the end of the feed.
If your baby has vomited the Gaviscon, you can repeat the dose as long as he vomited less than 30 minutes after the dose was given. If he vomited more than 30 minutes after the dose, wait until the next feed.
Do not give a dose of Gaviscon until at least 2 hours after the last dose (unless he vomited within 30 minutes).
No. Keep the Gaviscon in a cool, dark place like a cupboard.
Do not give Gaviscon in the following circumstances:
Last reviewed 17 June 2011
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