Medications are often used to treat infant acid reflux and can have a very important place in the treatment plan. If you are looking for some tips that do not involve medicines you have come to the right spot! There are many things that you can do to help lessen your infant's acid reflux symptoms that don't involve medications.
Many infants with acid reflux find some relief from their night or nap time symptoms by elevating the head of the bed to a 30 degree angle. It is thought that this is the ideal angle to aid in digestion and help keep the airway and esophagus from feeling the burn. When placed at an angle gravity helps the infant keep their stomach contents in the stomach.
Discuss the proper way to position your infant with your pediatrician. There are many wonderful positioning products on the market but be careful when leaving your child in things like car seats or swings overnight. While it can seem like the best place to keep infants upright t...
When a baby lies down to sleep he loses the beneficial effect of
gravity, which helps keep the stomach's contents in the stomach.
Oftentimes, nights are the worst times for children suffering from
A common suggestion to reduce nighttime effects of reflux is to
have the baby sleep on an incline so that the feet of the baby are
lower than its head. Usually this is done by tilting the baby's
mattress, which is easiest and safest. Or you could tilt the
Regardless of the method, you are looking to elevate the head of
the baby at about a 30° to 45° angle higher than his
Method 1: Tilt the mattress.
With most cribs, you can change the height of the mattress by
simply raising or lowering the mattress's supporting platform.
Remove the sheets and mattress covering, and then remove the
mattress. The mattress will be resting on a supporting platform
(may be solid or springs). Where this platform attaches to the
crib-frame there may be attachments that allow you ...
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