The other day, a friend said, “I am really beginning to dislike the word process.” I knew what she meant. When you are living with a baby or child with acid reflux, it seems like so many things that you think should happen in one try, instead become a process.
For the last four years, my son with acid reflux has slept in a crib that is elevated on one end to help with his nighttime reflux episodes. However, with numerous diet and medication changes, the nighttime choking finally seemed to be a thing of the past. So this week, the time had come to move him to the “big boy bed.” This of course, was not a one step ordeal. Instead, we had to go to the lumber store and purchase materials to elevate the “big boy bed.” After lumber was cut and installed, my son slept his first night out of his crib and into his new bed. However, if your child has reflux, you may already know the end of this story – it seems very few things are ever simple with acid reflux (or at least as you had hoped and planned).
Last night, at 4:00 a.m. in the first night in his new bed, our son, Ben had one of those reflux choking episodes that caused me to jump out of bed and run to him quickly and meaningfully, looking like I had just finished training with those special military forces you see hitting the ground on the evening news. When I arrived at his new bedside, he was sitting up, crying and wiping off his tongue with his fingers. To the “choo-choo” chair he went to sit with his Dad until he had the bad taste out of his mouth (both literally and figuratively).
This morning, I told my husband, “Well, I guess the ‘big boy bed’ isn’t going to work.” My husband disagreed and said, “No, it will eventually. It’s just going to be a process.”
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Published On: June 23, 2006