Infant Reflux

Is your infant suffering from reflux? You’re not alone.

Causes & Symptoms

Babies suffer from reflux when the ring of muscle between their oesophagus (food pipe) and their stomach is not fully developed. Food and milk can easily leak out and travel back up the food pipe because of this.

Infant reflux is rarely serious and most likely becomes less common as the baby gets older. If your infant is suffering from reflux and is 18 months or older, it may be worth consulting a doctor.

What are the symptoms of infant reflux?

  • Back arching
  • Irrtability
  • Incessant crying
  • Swallowing or gulping after burping or feeding
  • Coughing or hiccupping when feeding
  • Bringing up milk, being sick shortly after feeding or regurgitation
  • Not gaining weight as food is not staying down

Your infant may show signs of reflux, but may not bring up milk or be sick. This is known as Silent Reflux.


Yes. Gaviscon Infant is designed for children between the ages of 1 and 2. If your child is below 12 months of age, consult with your doctor first before administering Gaviscon Infant.

This is very common. Your infant’s gut is immature, and relies on a mostly liquid diet. Both these things are factors. Infant reflux usually goes away after the first year of your child’s life, but if not, Gaviscon Infant can be administered.

If your infant is below a year of age and suffering distressing symptoms, consult your doctor before using our product.

Gaviscon Infant comes in a powder sachet, which is mixed with water and given to your child during or after breastfeeding. You can also mix it with milk (for moms with babies using formula).


Sterile powder for oral administration. Prepare immediately before use, as directed below. Do not give more than six times in 24 hours.  Infants under 4.5kg (10lb) – one sachet.  Infants over 4.5kg (10lb) – two sachets. 1-12 months under medical supervision. 

Bottle fed infants up to 24 months

  • Mix each sachet into 115ml (4 fluid oz) of feed in the bottle
  • Shake well
  • Feed the infant as normal

Breast fed infants and other infants up to 24 months

  • Mix each sachet with 5ml (1 teaspoon) of cooled, boiled water until a smooth paste is formed
  • Add another 10ml (2 teaspoons) of cool, boiled water and mix
  • For breast fed infants, give Gaviscon Infant part way through each feed or meal using a spoon or feeding bottle
  • For all other infants, give Gaviscon Infant at the end of each meal using a spoon or feeding bottle
  • Treatment should not be administered more than six times in any 24-hour period.

Do not use more than 6 sachets in 24 hours.


Reflux during infancy is very common, and the good news is that there are safe and effective treatments for it.

Gaviscon Infant sachets are designed to prevent reflux and regurgitation by stabilising the stomach contents.

Each sachet contains approximately 21mg of sodium, so if your infant has been placed on a low sodium (salt) diet, you should consult your doctor before you administer the product.

Do not use Gaviscon Infant with other thickening agents, or with infant milk preparations containing a thickening agent.