Published on August 5th, 2014
Acid reflux disease in children – technically termed gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – can be a serious issue. This condition is hard enough for adults to deal with, as it causes major discomfort every time you eat. The risks for kids can be more serious than for adults, however. Children require more nutrition to help them grow and develop, but the discomfort of acid reflux can make them resistant to eating by making it painful to swallow. Kids can already be picky eaters, and acid reflux only increases the chances that they may become undernourished. Fortunately, acid reflux in children is very treatable.
Proton pump inhibitors can help regulate the secretion of stomach acid, which causes the symptoms of GERD in the first place. GERD develops when the sphincter that separates the stomach from the esophagus becomes weakened, allowing stomach acid to irritate the lining of the esophagus. In children, this can lead to vomiting, coughing, and breathing problems. Children under age one often grow out of the condition, but in older children it should be diagnosed and treated. Usually, this involves the use of compounded drug.
Acid reflux treatments for children are usually best when obtained in a custom preparation from a compounding pharmacy. This is because the common, mass-produced versions of these drugs are designed for adults and may not meet the specific needs of kids. For one thing, a small child needs a smaller dose of most drugs than a full grown adult. Mass-produced proton pump inhibitors are rarely designed for children.
Also, a compounding pharmacy can prepare the proton pump inhibitor in a custom flavor to make it easier to administer. If your child is already resistant to eating, a tasty dose of medicine can really help. Finally, a compounded version of these drugs can help regulate the pH of your child’s stomach acid more effectively, helping it attain the perfect level for proper digestion without irritation.
Published on July 29th, 2014
Pediatric needs for compounds are very specific, although they are similar to the needs of other compounding pharmacy patients. As a parent, you know that having a sick child can be an extremely difficult experience. Whether your child has a chronic condition or something short term, finding the right medication is often crucial. Successful treatment of childhood illnesses depends on many factors, including a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. But once you have those secured, you need a medication that works for your child. Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy in Los Angeles can provide exactly what you’re looking for, meeting the specific pediatric needs for compounds.
- Special Dosages – Kids have different tolerance levels for medication, much of the time correlating with his or her size. Children should not take dosage levels intended for adults, but some medications are only mass-produced in one dosage. A custom compound can be prepared to meet your child’s specific dosage needs.
- Alternative Delivery Methods – In addition to the dosages being too high, pills intended for adults are often too big for kids to swallow. Fortunately, those pills can almost always be prepared in an alternative delivery method that your child can take. That might mean smaller pills, but it can also mean liquid medications, topical ointments, suppositories, or any other form that meets your child’s needs. We can even flavor liquid medications so your child will actually want to take his or her medication.
- Improved Compounds – Custom compounds are usually better compounds. Mass production imposes many limits, and these drugs almost never meet the specific needs of the individual. A custom compound can include just the ingredients you child needs, and none that he or she doesn’t. This includes medications without potential allergens and other harmful substances that may be present in mass-produced drugs.
If your child needs to take medication and is poorly served by the current offerings on pharmacy shelves, Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy can help you.