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Choosing the Most Effective Gastritis Medicine for Kids

Gastritis medicine for kids

Gastritis can be uncomfortable and painful, and it’s definitely not a walk in the park for children. That’s why, as parents, it’s important for you to know about the different gastritis medicine for kids and how they work.

This article will delve into what gastritis is, its causes and symptoms, and a list of medications that can treat your children from this ailment.

Let’s get started.

What Is Gastritis: Causes and Symptoms

Gastritis is the inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the stomach lining. It can be either acute (sudden) or chronic (gradual).

Causes

Gastritis is commonly a result of irritation due to alcohol overconsumption, chronic vomiting, stress, or certain anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin.

Other causes of gastritis include:

  • Bile reflux: This occurs when there’s a backflow of bile into the stomach from the bile tract (the tract connecting the liver and gallbladder).
  • H. pylori: One of the causes of gastritis is the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. And according to a 2007 journal article, almost 80% of the Indian population has H. Pylori (most of whom get it by the age of 10).
  • Other infections caused by bacteria and viruses.

Symptoms of Gastritis in Children

Gastritis in children can lead to the following symptoms:

  • Pain, burning, or tenderness in the stomach when you press on your child’s stomach
  • Stomach fullness or tightness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Bad breath

Is Gastritis Fatal To Children?

No, gastritis isn’t usually fatal to children. However, in some cases, if it’s left untreated, it can be fatal. If your child’s gastritis symptoms are a result of ingesting a toxic substance, then seek immediate medical intervention.

However, in many cases, your child’s gastritis might dissipate without any treatment. And the treatment will depend on the source of your child’s gastritis.

Is There Medicine For Gastritis?

Yes, there is medicine for gastritis. While we highly recommend trying natural remedies first, they don’t always do the job, especially if the symptoms are strong.

So, it’s good to combine natural remedies with the right pharmaceutical drugs to get the best result.

List of Best Gastritis Medicine for Kids

Here’s a list of the most common gastritis medications for children. There are the generic names of the drugs; they’re sold under various brand names.

  • Omeprazole: Omeprazole belongs to a group of medicines called proton pump inhibitors (PPI). It reduces the amount of acid your stomach produces. It’s used to treat indigestion, heartburn, and acid reflux. Omeprazole is also taken to prevent and treat stomach ulcers.
  • Pantoprazole: Pantoprazole reduces the amount of acid produced in your stomach. It can treat heartburn, acid reflux, and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) (GORD is when you have constant acid reflux). It’s also taken to prevent and treat stomach ulcers.
  • Esomeprazole: This works like the previous two drugs. However, research shows that it wasn’t more effective than a placebo in children less than the age of one.
  • Lansoprazole: In addition to treating gastritis, lansoprazole can treat indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD). Lansoprazole is also taken to prevent and treat stomach ulcers. Lansoprazole is known for treating Zollinger-Ellison syndrome — a rare condition caused by a tumour in the pancreas or gut.

Why Choosing the Best Gastritis Medicine for Kids Matters

Much of the medication out there has several side effects. While knowing the generic names of the gastritis medication for children is important, it takes expert knowledge to choose the right ones.

That’s why we highly recommend seeking medical care from a facility with professionals who know and understand gastritis medicine for kids so they can recommend the best ones.If you have any queries regarding choosing the right gastritis medication for your children, we invite you to visit Ayu Health’s website and book an appointment or reach out to us at +91 636-610-0800.

About the Author

Dr. Suresh Babu D
Dr. Suresh Babu D
MBBS, MS (General Surgery), DNB (Surgical Gastroenterology) at AyuHealth | Website | + posts

Dr. Suresh Babu D  is a renowned Internal Medicine Specialist currently practicing at Ayu Health Hospital, Bangalore.  He is a Specialist in GastroIntestinal Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon, and Colorectal Surgeon. Having been trained in one of the largest super-specialty centre, have vast experience in managing gastrointestinal and hepato-pancreato-biliary diseases

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