Posts Tagged "infants"

Are Acid-Suppressing Drugs Prescribed Too Often in Infants?

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 in Health & Wellness

Frequent spitting up, irritability, and unexplained crying in infants can be very distressing to parents. Pediatricians often prescribe acid-suppressing drugs for these symptoms in an effort to treat infants for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); however, GERD is an uncommon cause of these symptoms in otherwise thriving infants. In a soon to be published Commentary in The Journal of Pediatrics, Eric Hassall, MBChB, FRCPC, FACG, cautions against the over-diagnosis of GERD and over-prescription of acid-suppressing drugs in infants. Dr. Hassall is affiliated with the Department of...

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Regimens: Looking Twice at Supplements for Infants

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 in Health & Wellness, Health Optimization

By Roni Caryn Rabin Nearly one in 10 babies are given supplements or plant-based teas to soothe colic or help with teething during the first year of life, even though the products are unproven and may contain contaminants or spur allergies, a new study says. The report, published in the journal Pediatrics, is believed to be the first to look at supplements given specifically to infants. The researchers drew data from the Infant Feeding Practices Study II, a survey of women in late pregnancy and through their babies’ first year of life. Conducted by the Food and Drug Administration and the...

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