Tummy Time with acid reflux

Kori - posted on 05/21/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi my little girl has some major reflux issues, and after multiple trips to our Dr., changing formula, and putting her on meds, it's finally kind of under control. My new issue is that I feel like she gets no tummy time. I try to put her on her belly but I have to wait for hours after eating due to her major spit ups, and even then, she usually spits up anyways. If I happen to catch it where she is awake and doesen't spit up, she is then soooo uncomfortable that after seconds she will start crying.

So, not real sure what to do. I don't want to worry about her development as well as her sick belly issues.

Thanks!!

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Mel - posted on 05/28/2010

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I have a reflux baby as well and was worried about her not gettin tummy time like my mum kepts sayin i find that she will stand it for alittle while after wakin up, a change and before a bottle or after a bath while puttin lotion/oil on her skin before a feed too.. hope it helps and is glad i'm not the only one that has the same problem.. =)

Jo-Anne - posted on 05/21/2010

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Hi Kori, my little boy is not a fan of tummy time, but I have found lying him on my tummy with a pillow under his chest is working really well, you can put a towel down for the reflux. Alternatively tummy time on your knees is another option we tried ... again I guess a towel. Well I am no expert I do believe with love and care she will develop just fine.

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Kylie - posted on 06/04/2010

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My daughter has colic with bad tummy pains and the occasional vomit.. putting her on her tummy and patting her back seemed to settle her down, it would help get out her wind, i would normally stick a towel down under her face incase she was sick.. I try wait half hour after feeds if I do this, as I dont want her to be too uncomfortable..

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oh also tummy time on u will help her as well, my son really enjoyed this as i made it a game and he was still close to me, i would lay on my back and put him on his belly on my belly and he would pull himself up towards me until he could snuggle into my neck

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oh ur lil girls situation sounds just like my sons,he hated tummy time and would scream, but since he has been able to lift himself more off the ground he doesnt cry as much so maybe as ur child gets older she may enjoy it more as she can lift up more, i had alot of issues related to his reflux, he would throw his bottle up four hrs after having it, he would choke in bed which really freaked me out and he has bad wind, just wait it out, sounds like ur doing everything you can, have you been shown some exercises you can do and ways to hold her to help eleviate the reflux, are you elevating her? eg in bed and on change table, i was told to have him upright for half an hr after each bottle and to burp him by the bum not the back which makes sense, if you burp by the back the wind doesnt know to go up or down but if by if you pat her on the bum it can only go up and little neck rubbing can bring wind up and its gentle ive only recently found this out and it does work, you gentle massage her neck and it helps brind wind up and is gentle on her, good luck i know how frustrating and upsetting this is for you

Cicely - posted on 06/02/2010

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Do the towel thing, or put a big bib on her and flip it out in front of her face. I then lie down on the floor with our little girl so that she is lifting her head to see me or her favourite toy. She is 14 weeks. How old is your little girl?

Lisa - posted on 05/31/2010

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Hi Kori, my daughter also doesn't like tummy time on the floor as she has a misshapen head and problems with her neck. Her paed and physio have both told me that tummy time on your chest and knees is just as good and also if you hold her over your shoulder as if burping her and she can lift her head to talk to you and look around. Hope this helps!

Annette - posted on 05/30/2010

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Also, if you try 1 tsp of rice cereal in a bottle, it could help. or giving her just plain water. I have been doing the water, and it seems to help just a little bit.

Annette - posted on 05/30/2010

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My 3 month old girl also has sever acid reflux issues, 6 trips to the doctor, 3 different meds and 4 different formulas. Its hard work and im soo tired of changing clothes 4 times a day, She just doesnst spit up, it projects across the room. I got towels everywhere. I know she was a preme but has kept her weight up well. Finally got her somewhat stable, not sure how well that lasts. But she finds it comforting to lay on the belly right after she eats even sometimes falls asleep now. Had to put her on Soy formula and myself as well since i still breast feed her when i can. Also she is on a few meds like previcd and something for an infection for her throat. The acid reflux caused an infection in her throat from it always coming back up also causing her lymph nodes to swell really bad, even looks like she has a few cysts in the back of her head from the swelling. It takes patients and time to deal with all this, I wish you good luck you need it and so do I!

Trena - posted on 05/30/2010

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dont worry about itremember in nature back in the day of living in the bushes babies spent a significant amount of time on their back and the human race continued would you put your baby down face first in the dirt or on tree boughs?

Caitlin - posted on 05/27/2010

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I wouldn't worry abotu development, they do figure it out as Bobbie said. They say by age 3, pretty much all kids are at the same point, so if yours is a month or two late in rolling over it's really not much in the grand scheme of things. My first daughter walked much later than most, but unlike a lot of babies learnign to walk, she kind of just got up and ran and didn't fall much like younger babies do, so a week after she figured it out, you'd never know she hadn't been walking for months. I hold my daughter on my chest, she's got quiote bad reflux, I sit in the lazy boy and she pushes off my chest, which should help her gain strength in her arms, but I wont be overly worried about it.

Bobbie - posted on 05/25/2010

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My little one is almost 4 months now and has major reflux issues. My doctor said it was nothing to worry about because they grow out of it. I have been extremely worried about the tummy time also because I have been thinking that she will never learn to roll over. She will NEVER lay on the floor because of the reflux and she surprised me one day of rolling over in her bed. Your baby will develop just fine. Now I am not so concerned about it because obviously she can do thigs without counting on the tummy time.

Mary - posted on 05/24/2010

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My now 2 y/o had reflux very bad as well.. so we had the tummy time problem and he was always up to or before the "standards"

Kathy - posted on 05/23/2010

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I like the boppy idea too! My doctor said that tummy time counts even if your baby is on your chest (chest to chest). My son has horrible reflux as well and by putting our chests together while sitting up in a recliner, can help with reflux and strengthen your baby's muscles. My son is so strong and in this position he doesn't cry. He will lift up onto his arms and talk to me. It is better then floor tummy time!!

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My daughter has reflux as well and is on medication. We just put put her with a boppy under her chest. I agree with the post below about placing the baby on your knees, that works well.

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