H2 Histamine Blockers hinder acid production by blocking or antagonizing the actions of histamine, a chemical found in the body that encourages acid secretion in the stomach. Generally, they take about 30 to 90 minutes to take effect, but the benefits will last many hours afterward. They are usually taken at bedtime and are available over the counter.
I have been asked many times by parents to define aspiration in reference to GERD and how to prevent it. Aspiration occurs in 10-20% of patients with GERD and is the inhalation of stomach contents into the respiratory symptoms. The lumen of the right main broncus of the lung is most likely to be where aspirated contents wind up because it is…