Parents Drug Infants For Spitting Up

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A study finds the number of parents willing to give infants drugs has grown in recent years.

Parents are increasingly likely to put their newborn children on drugs that keep them from spitting up when they cry.

According to NPR, research indicates that between 2002 and 2009, parents of infants became 16 times more likely to ask their pediatrician for drugs, like the acid-reflux drug Prevacid®, to keep their babies from spitting up as often.

According to the article, the drugs have not been approved for infant use, but doctors are increasingly providing prescriptions off-label for them.

“The great majority of infants spit up and cry,” pediatrician Eric Hassall told NPR. “But very, very few of them actually have reflux disease and deserve medication.”

The consensus among medical professionals is that fussy babies who spit up often can be treated in the same ways that they have for hundreds of years: by changing the child’s diet.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it has limited data about the long-term effects of medicating infants with these drugs, though some reports show increased intestinal problems and risk of pneumonia.

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.