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Nov 02, 2008
Mylanta/Maalox and Iron
I have been told to use Mylanta by one doc and told no by another. Others on here suggested it and so did a friend. I am curious as to what your dr. said about it. I was told by the one who said yes that it binds to their iron that they eat, so long term use is bad. I also read that lack of iron can cause serious problems. Ah, this stinks. What are your experiences? Thanks!
Nov 02, 2008
Julie - I have three children. My youngest Katie is my refluxer. My first Ben was very colicy and is ADHD. My middle Jakob is pretty easy going. Katie had it bad as a baby no sleep for two years. She was on Nutramagin, Prevacid and Zantac. Thought we were through it but after age three it came back big time. After her scope she was put on Prevacid 45mg a day and mylanta as needed. Scope was in Sept. Showed damage in stomach and espophogus. It took about 7 months of medication and Reflux diet for her to start feeling better.
Both my ped. and GI seem to have no issues at all with Mylanta use. But I do worry and have heard things too. I have been using it with Katie since May.
Nov 02, 2008
Renee, mother to Nicholas, born 4/18/08 with silent reflux, moderate laryngomalacia, Sandifer's Syndrome& suspected MSPI. On Neocate, Simply Thick and Prevacid. Also mother to Nathan, born 12/06/06, who had mild reflux the first few months.
My pedi and GI are also ok with it. I just try not to overuse it.
Nov 02, 2008
our GI said it was okay to use... he recommended it Maalox
Nov 03, 2008
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
I asked my GE about this - she stated "long term use" was usually measured in years, and that there's usually sufficient iron in formula and BM. There's always rick when using medications, both RX and OTC, but the benefits far outweigh the cautions for us. We only use Maalox once a month or so now that the other meds are controllong it, though we were using it at least 3x's/day for a few months.

Just remember that ANYTHING can offset dietary intake and absorption, and that you're doing what you can to KEEP your lo healthy. We have Allie on an MG supplement b/c long term PPI use inhibits Mg absorption, and it was necessary to get her intestines moving, so you could ask about supplementation if you're concerned.

Nov 03, 2008
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
i have never heard it binding with iron. ( i am not anexpert or dr- just from what i researched) but i have heard long term (as in years) daily use can inhibit calcium absorption. you can solve that by taking calcium fortified mylanta. or taking vitamin supplements daily. Neither our pedi or GI was worried about either issue. i kind of get the sense from them (they never actually said this) that they prefer doing mylanta, to long term PPI increase b/c in infants and toddlers. different factors come in to play that cause short term break through like teething or eating certain foods.
Check with your
doctor first!