Why acid suppressors are bad for babies

A growing body of evidence suggests they are unsafe

It’s a bad idea to use acid suppressors in infants with gastroesophageal reflux (GER), new evidence suggests.

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The main concern is that they cause of risk of bone facture later in childhood if given to babies aged under six months, says an article published in JAMA.

In Australia, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) tend to be the recommended therapy over histamine2 receptor antagonists (H2 blockers) as a last resort. But neither is good for otherwise healthy infants.

Prescription rates for PPIs among infants has soared, according to the researchers.