Pros: Watermelon and bubble gum flavored Tums
Cons: The Pepto name can be misleading, outrageously expensive
When we had some stomach problems run through our house a few months ago I gave my husband two choices; run out to the drug store at midnight or clean-up. He chose the drug store and unable to find children's Imodium AD bought Children's Pepto instead.
The First Look
Our 3 1/2 year old was suffering and since I was familiar with the Pepto name I read the dosing and gave my daughter 1 bubblegum chewable tablet, since she was in the 24 - 47 lb range (ages 2-5) but for children weighing 48 - 95 lbs (ages 6-11) the dose is 2 tablets. She happily chewed the tablet and proceeded to snooze on the couch until the next trip to the bathroom.
A Second Look
I knew the directions for Imodium AD allowed repeat dosing, so I checked out the Children's Pepto since the first dose didn't work. The directions allowed for repeat dosing as needed but not more than 3 tablets (ages 2-5) or 6 tablets (ages 6-11) in a 24-hour period.
Then I realized that no amount of Children's Pepto was going to help my daughter's diarrhea. Unlike regular Pepto-Bismol, Children's Pepto is indicated for the relief of heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion and upset stomach but not diarrhea. Children's Pepto contains 400 mg calcium carbonate, the active ingredient in Tums and lots of other chewable antacids.
A Second Trip
I sent my husband back to the drug store and told him not to bother coming home until he found Children's Imodium. We needed a medication to help with diarrhea, not something for heartburn. Finally, after two different stores he found the Imodium and after one dose my daughter was feeling better.
So, what is it good for? I'm not quite sure. Since the original purchase we've had a few "my tummy hurts" complaints and we've tried Children's Pepto. So far we have not had any luck with Children's Pepto alleviating symptoms. The problem always seems to escalate to the point where either time (and a bucket) or Imodium is necessary, but Pepto never does a thing. While perhaps Children's Pepto might relieve some mild stomach irritations we apparently don't ever have those.
How Stupid do they Think we Are?
I think Pepto-Bismol has some nerve charging $5.50 for 24 tablets of 400 mg Calcium Carbonate considering the store brand 500 mg fruit flavored tablets are $3.79 for 150 tablets. Sure regular antacids aren't available in bubble gum or watermelon flavor like Children's Pepto, but I think most kids would happily chew an orange flavored Tums cut in half.
You wouldn't take a Tums and expect it to stop your diarrhea and vomiting, so don't expect Children's Pepto to help your children when they are suffering. Children's Pepto should help if your child is suffering from heartburn, but stopping vomiting or diarrhea is purely coincidental.