Acid Reflux

Carolina - posted on 11/17/2008 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My baby was born at 32 weeks, 4 lbs, 1 oz. He now weighs 6lbs, 8 oz. He has acid reflux and it's very hard to get him to sleep in his bassinet. Some nights, he will only sleep on me or next to me. Any advice on getting him to sleep in his bassinet?

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Rebecca - posted on 11/22/2008

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Our answer to acid reflux was chiropractics. I know it sounds strange for a baby, but it really did the job for us. The doctor was great and very gentle with the baby! We had no more reflux after 2 adjustments. I co-slept with all five of my kiddos and would highly recommend it.

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Meghan - posted on 01/27/2009

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Our twins were born at 26 weeks and spent 12 weeks in the NICU, and we have been home a month. We got the bed risers from Wal-mart that are made for elevating a bed for storage, and put them only at the head of the bed. They were like 9 dollars and I put the set together so it was at an even greater angle. We have them on the pack and play and the changing table too. We can't put our twins down flat at all or their meal will come up, even 3 hours later and we need all the food staying down to fatten these two up! Also, at night we use a white noise machine and swaddle me blankets. They were always swaddled in the NICU and it was so noisy there, they sleep really well with this, always in their own crib together next to our bed, with bedtime between 8 and 10pm.

Susieeclark - posted on 01/20/2009

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We had that problem when we brought Claire home from the NICU.  She was born at 32 weeks also.  We bought an angled pillow for her to sleep on at Babies R US.  It kept her head up to help with reflux.  We ended up having her sleep in between my husband and I on her pillow for a while.  A nurse told me they have trouble going from the 24/7 stimulus to a quite night.  She said it would help if Claire could smell us and it would comfort her.  It helped alot.  She is one now and sleeps in her own crib all night!  

Linda - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi Carolina,

My twin boys were also born at 32weeks and weighed in at only 2lb 8oz and 2lbs 7oz.My smallest son had reflux and he cried non stop for months.We were told to put something under the mattress such as a rolled up blanket to tilt the cot to keep his head raised.This prevents the milk from coming back up his oesophagus.There are drops you can get from the pharmacy with a prescription although he may still be too young for this yet.I also expressed breast milk and added a thickener which makes the milk heavier and therefore helps to keep it down.I hope this helps,best of luck to you :)

Erin - posted on 01/19/2009

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My daughter was born at 31 weeks and diagnosed with GERD after the pediatrician changed formulas on her a million and a half times he finally broke down and referred us out. We saw a gastroenterologist at a children's hospital. My daughter was on a few different medications (Axid being the only one I remember). She ended up sticking with Neosure soy formula. He also suggested that we prop her crib up on one side so that she slept on an angle. You can also try putting a pillow under the actual mattress (I still do that with my youngest daughter who doesn't have reflux). I know they say that sleeping on the back is best we put my daughter on her side and it really seemed to help.

Gillian - posted on 01/19/2009

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Our son had really bad reflux and wouldn't sleep anywhere but on me for the first 2 months...then he'd only sleep in our bed...but by 10 months...we were finally able to get him in his own crib in his own room. I didn't honestly think to try anything when he was little...I let him sleep wherever he was comfortable...it meant many sleepless nights for me and my husband but...it's short-lived in the long run and he needed his sleep more than we did...haha.

Megan - posted on 01/18/2009

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My 32 weeker had reflux as well. When he was in the NICU he was elevated in what they called a Danny sling. This just kept him strapped in so he wouldn't move. We had to have a crib when he came home so he never slept in a bassinet like I thought he would. His crib at home was also elevated and he slept in a Danny sling. I don't know where you can get those because we just got ours from the hospital but they just lay on part of it, there legs are out and you strap them in. It ties to the sides of the crib. It really seemed to help him get through the night.

Lauren - posted on 11/22/2008

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I dont have any advice on getting him to sleep but our miracle for acid reflux was formula--Enfamil AR Lipil it is the one with the pink label...our little one couldnt keep anything down even with meds and we switched to this formula and took him off the medicine and it was a miracle...we tried to switch back to normal formula a few months later and he still wasnt ready for it but it definitely was amazing!

Jeni - posted on 11/21/2008

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While my triplets were still in the NICU, my first born Tommy was having a horrible time with reflux. They swaddled him with warm blankets or had him lay tummy down on one. At home, we would use the warm blankets. He also had vibration on his bassinet so we would lay him tummy down and turn it on. He did sleep with me when he had a rough time. We were also told to take a couple of baby blankets and but them under the head of his basinet pad.

Aneesa - posted on 11/18/2008

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Good luck I hope he feels better soon and you can a good night sleep in the future. Big hugs

Carolina - posted on 11/18/2008

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Thanks for all the responses....I will continue to let him sleep with me until he gets better. He's on Prevacid and they just upped his does to 1 pill 2x a day...before it was half a pill. I also tried the cereal thing but his stomach couldn't handle it.

Aneesa - posted on 11/18/2008

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Sorry I must add about the meds.....there is A Difference between reflux and GERD, if there has been a barium swallow done and he has been diagnosed with GERD meds should have been offered right off the hop

Aneesa - posted on 11/18/2008

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Rice cereal was questionable by my ped, the surgeon said do it so I did and she threw up and it scratched her throat! Ped said she was too young to have the cereal (duh I knew that too) and her digestive tract wasnt ready. The cereal in bottle rule goes for cereal in general not before 4mths corrected. I forgot about the bouncy chair-Sabrina had the ocean wonders one where it is at an incline not an actual chair and she loved it too. In fact it is where she sat when first learning to eat as she was too tiny for highchair!

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Hi! I just joined this group today. My second baby was born at 25 weeks and weighed 2lb and almost an ounce. She had acid reflux for several months after she was born. In the hospital they kept her slightly elevated all the time, which seemed to help. After she got home, she definitely spent a lot of time sleeping elevated in our arms, but she also slept really well in her carseat and bouncer (strapped in of course). Not the best solution, but at least we both got some sleep that way. The doctor recommended trying to put some rice cereal in her bottle before bed-- he said it all boiled down to gravity. Other than that there are medications they can prescribe but I wanted to avoid that. Hang in there!

Aneesa - posted on 11/17/2008

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my daughter was diagnosed with GERD at 7wks and is now 16mths AA and is still on meds, She never did well in the bassinet at night so we coslept and still do!! I love it! However it is important to know a baby with reflux cannot lay flat, make sure his body is at a 45degree angle, Sabrina slept best and reflux was so much better sleeping on my arm with head elevated in bed for her first few months of life after that she slept perpendicular to me with her head on a flat pillow, this worked wonders. There are alot of websites with advice for GERD that I looked on to get advice but I will tell you preemies do need that closeness of their moms, he is still teeny and may feel overwhelmed by the vastness of his bassinet even. Let him sleep on you until he is older or you can get the reflux under control(it takes time be patient). You will be surprised in a year when he wants alot of independence and may long for the days he wanted to sleep on you :-) hang in there mom

Sheila - posted on 11/17/2008

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Hi there! thank you for joining the Moms of preterm babies. Im a mom of a 28 weeker baby boy whos now 15 months old. he stayed in the hospital for 3 months. when i brought him home, a crib is waiting for him where he will sleep. I play classical music beside the crib so he'll be relaxed. and according to my mom when I was still a baby, shes using pillows to put around me in bed or crib when i was sleeping. Pillows make babies feel warm as if your still holding them. But i suggest its better for preterm babies to sleep beside us moms so they can feel our warmth and there's the energy of love and comfort that comes from us. the moms body heat makes them feel as if they're still inside our womb. Since they're preterm, they still still need it. So please still be patient until your baby learn to sleep in his bassinet. sleeping together is more helpful. Lets talk about this more sometime. :)

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