Help Baby Sleep Well In Spite Of Infant Reflux
Author: Heidi Holvoet, PhD
(GER and GERD) is annoying and painful - it is
bound to keep baby and you from sleeping well. Luckily there are simple acid reflux techniques to keep nights at best.
Not sure if it really is infant reflux or which type your child has? The Baby
Reflux Symptoms Guide helps you decide.
Infant reflux tips to get the best sleep
Esophageal Reflux Disorder), your doctor will probably suggest
thickening baby's milk for a
while and/or taking anti-acid medication (like Gaviscon, Ranitidine,
Whether your child has GERD, or the less serious GER (Gastro
Esophageal Reflux), you can do the
following to help her feel better and sleep more
upright and burping: After feeding, always hold your baby upright for at least 20-30
minutes. Pat her back and/or put her high on your shoulder to help with
- Burp during
feeding: Every 3-5 minutes or so, pause the feeding and
hold baby upright.
upright: Have your infant sit/lie as much upright as
possible during feeding.
- Feed less
more often: Having to deal with less food at a time helps
reduce the infant acid reflux effects.
when possible: thumbs up for breastfeeding:
breastfed babies have less chance to develop a serious form of reflux.
That's because breast milk is lighter and digested much faster. And the
sooner the food leaves the stomach, the less chances for it to go back
in the wrong direction.
Being so close to you
during feeding also helps with soothing and relaxing better.
out different breastfeeding positions: lying down, sitting up, rugby
position, ... and you may also try walking around. All to help baby
feel more comfortable. Ask
me if your baby has difficulties feeding (is restless, cannot
'cope' with the milk flow, coughs, gags, etc.).
- Use a
Carrying your infant upright after feeding becomes so much easier
(hands-free) and is very (!) efficient at helping your baby soothe. A
good sling will also allow a breastfeeding position. See more on baby
with food: even
though finding the right diet for acid reflux in babies is often
trial-and-error, some foods do trigger or make
acid reflux worse so it is worth trying to eliminate those. Keeping a
log will help you discover food-reflux connections.
- When breastfeeding: mind your own food and experiment
out dairy products or typical allergens like citrus,
strawberries, nuts, etc. and also fizzy drinks.
- When formula feeding: consult your doctor or pharmacist
to see if
you can try out different formulas and note how your little one reacts.
- When baby is on solids: avoid the allergens as above.
Sadly, sometimes none of these tips will make a big difference to avoid
the infant reflux symptoms at all. Then it
is all about keeping your baby as comfortable as possible (like with
carrying in a sling).
it is worth to keep trying different things (always give one idea
before deciding if it works or not - unless it is having horribly bad
effects of course!) - you may find just the thing that works for you.