Experienced mothers and fathers know that the safest remedy for pain in the tummy of a child is the drug "Smecta". Some people even abuse this remedy, using it for any anxiety of the baby, such as colic. Let's figure out when, why and how to give Smecta to children.
What is the drug "Smecta"
Before you dilute "Smecta" (powder) and start taking the medicine, you need to understand the mechanism of its action. The main active ingredient is dioctahedral smectite. It looks like clay. When it enters the digestive tract, it begins to collect everything that is there, that is, it performs an absorbent function. Naturally, it removes toxic and beneficial substances from the body, including bacteria and viruses. That is why you can not be zealous in the use of the drug "Smecta", it deprives the body of the necessary vitamins and beneficial bacteria. The drug also restores the mucous barrier of the gastrointestinal tract, preventing the effects of toxic substances on the walls of the digestive system.
When to use
If you or your child ate a poor quality product, there is nothing better thanhow to dilute "Smecta" (powder) or induce vomiting. Indications for taking Smekta are:
- intestinal infections of bacterial and viral origin;
- food allergies;
- medicated indigestion;
- gastritis, colitis and peptic ulcer disease;
The drug is ineffective in intestinal infections accompanied by fever. In such cases, it is important to see a doctor immediately.
Contraindications to treatment with Smecta
- Individual intolerance.
- Intestinal obstruction.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding are not a contraindication to taking the remedy.
The drug "Smekta" with prolonged or excessive use can cause constipation, hypovitaminosis, dysbacteriosis.
How to use
How to dilute "Smecta" (powder) for an adult? Mix half a glass of warm boiled water with 1 sachet of the drug, drink completely. Repeat 3 times a day. 1 sachet contains 3 g of medication.
Drug "Smecta" for babies. Instruction
Children from two years of age the drug is prescribed in the same dosages as adults. Children from one to two years old are recommended to give medicine 2 sachets per day (can be divided into 4 doses). But for an infant (up to 1 year old), it is recommended to use no more than 1 sachet per day. The contents must be dissolved in 50 ml of water so as not to replace breast milk with medicine.The diluted product must be used the same day, given in 3-4 doses via a bottle or mixed with liquid nutrition.
Features of the interaction of "Smecta" with other drugs
The drug "Smecta" slows down the absorption of drugs. It is recommended to take other drugs and Smecta medication at intervals of 1-2 hours.
Can I use the remedy for colic
The effectiveness of the drug "Smecta" against colic in newborns has not been proven. All children are individual, therefore, they require an appropriate approach in solving this problem. However, some mothers noted an improvement in the condition of their babies after taking the Smekta medicine.
Before you dilute Smecta, make sure it is appropriate to take it by consulting your doctor.