How Do I Help My Baby Sleep If They Have Reflux?

Reflux is so difficult to deal with as a parent. You want to help them feel better, but it is so difficult to help them stop having reflux in the moment. You just have to be there for them and help get them cleaned up and ride it out with them. Luckily, there are some ways that you can help to reduce or even prevent infant reflux altogether. In today’s blog, we’re going to explore the ins and outs of helping your baby with reflux. Let us know in the comment section your experiences with this issue and what you have found that helps or reduces it. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Causes Of Reflux

While it is difficult to narrow down the exact cause of your child’s instance of reflux, there are some things that you can be aware of. Reflux can be caused by a large number of things. Often there is something going on with the way the baby is feeding like excessive air intake, clicking, improper use of their tongue, tongue and lip ties, or a food sensitivity. Your child may even have a slight allergy to an ingredient in formula or your baby could just be extra sensitive to a particular brand or type of formula. Finally, it could be caused by something that mom ate in her diet before breastfeeding. Some babies have been known to react to chocolate, onions, spicy foods, and so on. So many things to consider!

Here A Few Thing To Consider Doing To Help Baby’s Reflux:

  • Inclined feeding position and paced feeding
  • Proper burping
    • Allow for up to 30 minutes of “burping” time after each feeding and make sure to keep baby as upright as possible to help the air bubbles transition out more smoothly. Keep a burp rag handy!
  • Body work for your baby 
    • pediatric chiropractic, craniosacral and acupuncture (all of these help the fascia and nerves connected to digestion and the lower esophageal sphincter)
  • Cleaner formula, often non dairy is needed 
  • Donor breast milk can help improve or reduce reflux
  • Removing allergens from mom’s diet
    • Corn, soy, dairy and gluten being the most important
  • Evaluation for tongue and lip tie revision. 
    • A tongue tie will inhibit proper tongue function, which in turn inhibits proper digestive enzyme release from the vagus nerve. There are many other side effects of feeding and tongue/lip ties.
  • Using a non rice based thickener to help with consistency in milk 
    • This works well for many reflux babies.

For The Road
One other key factor to helping with your child’s reflux issues is: patience. Just remember to take it one day at a time. If you’d like some extra help with your child’s reflux, we have an excellent package for you. We call it The Charlotte and it is jam packed with help from our experts that will go a long way to treat and diagnose your child’s reflux issues. Click here for complete details and get started today! Help is possible. You don’t have to go it alone. 

Thank you for taking the time to read today’s post about dealing with your child’s reflux. Getting your baby to sleep can definitely be a process with varying challenges. If you have any questions about getting your baby to sleep, or your baby in general, please reach out to us HERE. We are experts in all things baby (we LOVE them) and sleep and would love to help!

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