It is not recommended to give your baby under 12 months’ tums. Tums can increase your baby’s risk for bone fractures later on in life when given during their first year.
It’s best to check with a physician before giving your baby any over the counter medication. You can do this ahead of time by asking your physician to give you a list of appropriate over the counter medications to give your baby, with the correct scenarios of when you can give them to your baby and how much you can give your baby.
You can stick this list on your refrigerator or your office board to help you understand what conditions warrant which response for your baby. Asking ahead of time helps you become active and responsive to your baby’s well being rather than reactive and passive.
What are tums?
Tums are calcium carbonate based antiacid that acts as a stomach soother. Calcium Carbonate is an alkali; an alkali is a chemical substance that neutralizes the acid. It has a ph of over 7.0. It is also called basic.
Tums work by neutralizing the Hydrochloric Acid in the stomach. The stomach is acidic, and this is necessary to help break down food. Acid reflux happens when acid flows back up towards the mouth, which results in a burning sensation in the chest and spits up with your baby.
The calcium carbonate gets rid of the excess acid by binding with the hydrogen atoms in the hydrochloric acid. The free calcium is absorbed by the bloodstream, where it benefits the body in different processes such as maintaining strong bones and helping muscles and nerves function properly.
Tums offer relief to many people every day.
Always check with your doctor.
It is important to check with your doctor before giving your baby any medication. Antacids are safe, but they are only recommended for short term use. If your baby is constantly spitting up and losing weight, then it is best to visit your doctor and treat the root cause of your baby’s indigestion.
GERD, which is short for gastroesophageal reflux disease, happens when the contents of your baby’s stomach, which are acid and food, come back up their digestive tract, leading your baby to throw up.
This leads to weight loss, irritability, discomfort, and erosion of your baby’s esophagus because of the acid that keeps coming up.
GERD is often caused by the inability of the lower esophageal sphincter to close properly, blocking the food and stomach acids from coming back up. This is a painful condition for your baby and must be resolved quickly with your doctor.
Giving your baby Tums
If your baby is over 12 months old, you can give your baby tums in moderation. The tums will neutralize the acids from their stomach.
Since tums come in large tablets, you can administer your baby a very small portion of the crashed tum powder dissolved in a teaspoon of water. Have your baby ‘eat’ from the teaspoon and swallow the solution.
It is important to remember that tums should be given to your baby in small amounts and moderation. They can cause constipation, which is even more painful for your baby.
Reliving your baby’s acid reflux
If your baby spits up often, you can change the amount of food they receive during it feeding and reduce it slightly. This means you will feed your baby often.
It is important to feed your baby every 1.5 – 2 hours to help them sustain their energy and have a constant nutritional source.
Burp your baby often.
Burping your baby during their feeding session helps avoid the issue of spit-up. This ensures that any excess air that your baby might have swallowed is expelled, reducing the risk of floating acid from the stomach, finding its way back up your baby’s digestive tract.
Burp your baby every 2 – 3 ounces if you are bottle feeding them and at the switch if you are breastfeeding them.
The best way to burp your baby is to pause their feeding sessions. You can burp your babysitting your baby on your lap across your knee. You can use one hand to cradle their chin and use your other hand to pat their backs. Make sure to cup your palm so that you aren’t slapping your baby. This will hurt them.
You can also lay your baby with their belly on your lap. Make sure to support their head and adjust your baby’s body so that their head so that it is higher than their chest and gently pat your baby’s back with a cupped palm.
There are many ways you can help your baby without giving them tums.
You can help your baby relieve acid reflux by changing their formula or food that makes them spit-up.
You can add rice milk to their bottle during feedings. It is important to avoid overfeeding your baby. You can help them by feeding them often and less.
They are holding your baby upright for 30 minutes after feeding allows the food to stay down and gives it time to move from their tummy to their intestines where it is absorbed.
Using calcium bentonite clay
Calcium bentonite clay is aged volcanic ash that produces an electric charge when it is hydrated. It carries a strong negative charge that allows it to easily bond to toxins that are positively charged and remove them from the body
Clay has been used in cultures around the world for thousands of years to provide relief from acid reflux and other digestive upsets. It is commonly used to treat diaper rash in babies and works in 6 hours. It is also used to stop vomiting and diarrhea. It is highly effective in stopping nausea.
It is very potent and often works as soon as it is taken and must be taken with water to prevent constipation. It is so potent that you don’t need to give the actual clay, only the water mixed with a paste of the clay. The clay water is equally effective.
You can make a paste and leave it to sit for 20 minutes before placing just a little bit on your baby’s tongue.
It is important to talk to your doctor before using Calcium Bentonite Clay so that they can help you understand how to use it properly to help your baby.