Antacids are non-prescription medicines that treat indigestion or a burning pain in the middle of the chest called heartburn. Heartburn happens when acids from the stomach flow backward into the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that carries food from your child’s throat to his stomach.
Antacids are not recommended for infants or young children. Check with your healthcare provider before giving an antacid to children under 6 years old.
Antacids lower the amount of acid in your child’s stomach or block the effect of the acid. Some antacid products contain additional medicines, such as simethicone, which helps get rid of bloating and gas.
If you have any questions, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.