Gaviscon Infant mixes with and stabilises the stomach contents so preventing reflux and regurgitation.
This medicine is available without prescription. However, you still need to use Gaviscon Infant carefully to get the best results from it.
Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
You must contact a doctor if your child's symptoms worsen or do not improve after 7 days.
What Gaviscon Infant is and what is it used for?
Gaviscon Infant contains sodium alginate and magnesium alginate which belong to a group of medicines called 'reflux suppressants'.
Reflux is the process by which the stomach contents flow back up the tube that leads from the mouth to the stomach (known as the gullet or oesophagus). This can cause an infant to be sick, spit up more than normal and become distressed. Gaviscon Infant prevents reflux by stabilising the stomach contents, so reducing the incidence of reflux and bringing up of feeds (posseting).
Before using Gaviscon Infant
Do not use Gaviscon Infant:
except on doctor's or other healthcare professional's recommendation
if your child is allergic to magnesium alginate, sodium alginate or any of the other ingredients (see section 6)
if your child is being sick, has a fever or diarrhoea
if you have been told or it is suspected that your child ahs damage to their kidneys or they have been put on low salt diet
if you have been told that your child has a blockage in their gut (an intestinal obstruction)
Take special care with Gaviscon Infant:
If your baby is premature or under one year, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist before giving Gaviscon Infant.
Taking Gaviscon Infant with other medicines:
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if your child is taking or has recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without prescription.
Possible side effects:
Like all medicines, Gaviscon Infant can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Very rarely, Gaviscon Infant can cause bloating and discomfort of the stomach (gastric dissention).
If the child has any side effects after taking Gaviscon Infant tell your doctor or other healthcare professional.