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Oct 07, 2008
momtomaia2005
Correct Zantac dose for newborn?
My 2nd child is now 4 weeks-old and of course has reflux just like her big sister. Our pediatrician started her on Zantac .7ml twice a day. It helps a lot, but really seems to wear off between doses. We gave it to her at about 7:30AM, and she was fine all morning. She spit up very little, seemed much more comfortable, wasn't arching, wasn't comfort nursing, etc. By 1PM, all of her symptoms were coming back, though. I think that either her dose is too low or else she should have 3 doses a day instead of 2 (is that even possible?). She is a little over 9 pounds. We started on Zantac instead of Prevacid because I don't think that her reflux is as severe as Maia's and I wanted to see if Zantac would do the trick. I think her ped. will eventually want to switch her to Prevacid, but for now I think that the Zantac will work if we can get the dose right. Thanks for any help!
Oct 07, 2008
maggiemom
Maggie is now 3 years old and reflux free (knock on wood). I still check in some to see how everybody is doing :) Hugs to all!
I copied this info. straight from the zantac website:

Pediatrics: Oral doses of 6 to 10 mg/kg per day in 2 or 3 divided doses maintain gastric pH>4 throughout most of the dosing interval.

This is the link: http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_zantac.pdf

Oct 07, 2008
catherinesmom
Catherine, 24-weeker, released from NICU on Zantac. Soon had NG tube due to FTT and GERD. Increasing oral defensiveness, now 100% tube fed after 4mths at home. Currently on breastmilk only, and still puking all the time. Mom just started Dr. Sears Elimination Diet.

I talked to a pharmacist recently about this. His reference book said Zantac:

1) Is best if given 1/2 hour before a meal

2) Stays in the blood for 12 hours

3) Peaks at 2 hours

4) Loses most of the effectiveness at 3-4 hours

Our feeding specialist encouraged us to try it more frequently than the 2 or 3 doses. With Dr. consent, of course.

Oct 07, 2008
mollysmom
Connor 11/22/02
Grace 7/2/04 reflux free now!
Molly 7/10/07 the reason I'm here!
I can't remember my dd's exact dosage at that weight, but she did (and still does) take it 3 times a day. When we switched her to 3 times a day we just divided her regular dose into 3 instead of 2 so she still got the same amount of medicine. It really helped to keep it in her system constantly. I also remember that my dr started her on a really low dose, which didn't really help that much, so she increased it which helped a lot.
Oct 07, 2008
stickybean
I am Jacky, mommy to Joslyn Olivia (April 2008) and Katelyn Isabel (November 2009).
Joslyn was dx'ed with Silent Reflux with breath apnea at 5 days old. VERY SCARY!
Katelyn is a spitter reflux baby. Started at 3 days old as well. (Both were/are breast fed.. symptoms came on when my milk came in).
Joslyn has been reflux free since she was 12 months (suffered poor weight gain for a few months) and Katelyn is now on Zantac... waiting to see if it works.
when joslyn was first on it.... 3 days old she got .5 ml 2x's a day. then went up to .6 at 4 weeks old. Then at 4 months went up to .8 ml now (5 months) 1 ml but 3x's a day.
Oct 07, 2008
katiesmommy
Tracey, mom to Katie. Diagnosed with reflux at 3 weeks and put on Zantac. At 8 months old she was removed from Zantac as it was giving her migraines, currently on Prevacid. Switched to Elecare since she is not gaining weight; trialing solids after being off for a month. Geneticist said reason she isn't gaining weight is she is stubborn. Upcoming appts.: Neurologist for developmental delay and EGD scheduled for September. She is one funny baby!
Katie was moved to 3 times a day instead of 2 and it helped for awhile.
Oct 07, 2008
stephanievt97
My son is 9 weeks old and was just prescribed 1.5 ml 2x a day
Oct 07, 2008
katiesmommy
Tracey, mom to Katie. Diagnosed with reflux at 3 weeks and put on Zantac. At 8 months old she was removed from Zantac as it was giving her migraines, currently on Prevacid. Switched to Elecare since she is not gaining weight; trialing solids after being off for a month. Geneticist said reason she isn't gaining weight is she is stubborn. Upcoming appts.: Neurologist for developmental delay and EGD scheduled for September. She is one funny baby!
Stephaniev~that sounds WAY too high! At 7 months Katie was on 1.6 ml 3 times a day so the 1.5 sounds way too high to me.
Check with your
doctor first!