Antacids and acid reducers might increase asthma risk in children

The use of heartburn medications during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of asthma development in children.

Some of the harmful side effects of such drugs include insufficient nutrient absorption and intestinal infection. The drugs have even been associated with stomach problems and heart complications.

According to a study, WebMD Medical News says prescription acid blockers taken during pregnancy increase the likelihood by 51% that a child will suffer from asthma symptoms.

H2 blockers such as Pepcid, Tagamet and Zantac, as well as proton pump inhibitors, including Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, were looked at in the study. Symptoms of severe heartburn affect more than half of pregnant women, WebMD reports.

A doctor tells WebMD that the suppression of acid in the gastrointestinal tract might alter the immune system’s function to protect against asthma.

Acid blockers and antacids provide only temporary relief for digestive disorders. Digestive enzyme supplements, on the other hand, work naturally to improve digestion, helping relieve indigestion, heartburn, reflux and other gastrointestinal problems. In addition, enzyme supplements can improve nutrient absorption and support immune function.

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