Need sleep advice for reflux baby

User - posted on 04/10/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




My almost 4 month old has HORRIBLE reflux. He is on prevacid once a day and reglan 3 times a day. Because of the reflux he isn't sleeping more than an hour to an hour and a half at night. His GI specialist wants to get everything under control before tackling his sleep issues. We have tried every trick we know to get him to sleep. Please help!


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Lauren - posted on 04/19/2009




my daughter had a bit of reflux n she would always b worst early in the morning, screaming for about 5 hours straight. we found a few things worked.

try heating a wrap up in the microwave n wrapping it round there tummy fairly firm.

u may have to re heat it a couple of times but it seems to help relax them

also a vibrating bouncer worked wounders. there would b nights there were we wouold just leave it on n let her sleep as long as she could. it was one of the best things i ever got

Randie - posted on 04/14/2009




SLEEPYWRAP! OMG I wish I had this with my older ds who suffered horribly from reflux. My Dec baby is not a reflux baby buthe is ot like a light when I wear this. Other than that for night sleeping we slept ods in his carseat till nearly 6 mos and he loved it. It solved all our nighttime sleep issues. (after the special formula,meds and cereal mixed in). I would be leary of a boppy or any type of pillow at this age because they can scoot out but it is good for newborns. Our ped is the one who instructed the carseat sleeping so I dont think there is anything dangerous about it and ds did it for half his first yr. Gl and I am here to talk anytime! I totally understand.

Carole - posted on 04/14/2009




when we thought my daughter had acid reflux she was on baby zantac 1 a day then they up it to 3 times a day we had her sleep in either her boppy pillow or her bouncy chair so that she was partcially sitting up

Anne - posted on 04/11/2009




I presume you are propping his basket/ cot up at the head end?  My daughter has bad reflux and so I can truely sympathise!  We are fortunate in that although she wakens during the night for her breastfeeds, otherwise she is quite happy and doesn't usually waken for long periods.  My heart goes out to you. 

I spoke to a specialist at our hospital who deals with reflux in babies and unofficially he told me to give her baby rice to keep the milk down and therefore help the reflux.. She was only 2 1/2 months old at the time.  He said it was the 'old fashioned' way of dealing with it and I'm sure he was right, even though I have not done it and we are going to wait on the weaning at the moment.  Perhaps though this would be the way forward for you?  A couple of spoonfuls with his milk to weigh it down in his tummy?  Carobel works the same way I think, but it is more like wallpaper paste...! 

Other non-reflux ideas to try for sleeping are: 

Swaddling (to stop him waking himself up with accidental movements) - this worked brilliantly for us.

Lavender oil on a cotton wool ball in his crib.

A bath (with lavender oil in it!) then a massage.

A drive in the car.

I'm sure I'm just teaching you 'how to suck eggs' here, so I'm sorry if this is all tried and tested, but I really wanted to reply and just let you know someone was thinking of you!

In my (backward!) part of the world some of the old remedies are still mentioned under the breath (as you can see from above).  I was told by a pharmacist recently that as I am breasfeeding if I drank 'a nip of whiskey', it would help my baby to sleep...  In the past this has been given by many a mother to a trying baby, (including my own mother) in times of utter desperation.  Of course alcohol was widely used in colic remedies etc when I was growing but then the world got all politically correct so it was taken out of gripe water etc...   Of course it would only ever be a last resort and only a tiny quantity of decent whiskey!  The dosage I was told by a retired paediatrician here (in Ireland) was 1 teaspoon of whiskey in 1oz of cooled boiled water.  I have not given this, but I do give my daughter a home made colic mixture from another local pharmacist when she is very unhappy.  I don't know exactly what's in it, but it's famous in these parts...  The way I see it, if they're not sleeping well then they can't do all the growing & developing they need to do.  When we're exhausted we feel awful and they are the same.

I am not sure any of the above is of any help to you at all, but whatever you do - or don't do - try to remember that soon this will be in the past.  Hopefully he will soon grow out of his reflux and you will start getting more sleep...



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