Tear, I realize that what I said can come across as scary, and for many years I would never have said what I said out of fear of offending someone, frightening or worrying them. Moms have enough of that. At the same time I want other people to be aware of the complications involved with these drugs. I don't know when doctors started giving them to babies but the medical profession as a whole is on a radical campaign to give drugs to children. Even wonderful doctors are falling prey to it. I'm not sure I know how to say something about drug risks other than bluntly as I did.
And I know most mama's will have agonized over a decision to give a child a medication. I certainly don't see drugs as black and white. I take a drug for an autoimmune illness and chose to take it through my pregnancy after weighing the pros and cons. With reflux drugs though the issue isn't actually the side effect of the drugs action in the body, it's that they decrease stomach acid production and this is simply not a good thing. Once stomach acid is decreased it can be hard for the body to build it up again without help. And at the same time I recognize that babies are resilient and may recover from a short course just fine. As for doctors, many terribly misunderstand this medication and hand it out like candy telling people there are no complications. In fact my husband sees adults in his practice all the time who have complications from using these drugs. Many of them have been on the drugs much longer than a short course for an infant, so again I don't want to scare people who've already given them to their children as their babies may do just fine.
I understand the pain of reflux, our little one had it quite bad and would cry inconsolably for hours at night. We found craniosacral, osteopathy and homeopathy remarkably helpful. After one treatment she was like a different baby.
Baby_Cakes, I honestly don't mean to come across as harsh or sarcastic. I do feel strongly about the issue and do want other people to be aware of what the dangers of suppressing stomach acid are. It's difficult to have the conversations online where you can't hear tone.