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 ...
Teething always increased my daughter’s reflux symptoms. The new tooth caused the usual symptoms of drooling, fussiness and poor sleep. In addition, each new tooth triggered her reflux and caused more spit up, gagging and congestion than usual. Often she would even get an ear infection. Poor baby-all of that discomfort for a little tooth!
Babies are busy growing and developing during their first year and parents often eagerly await the first tooth. While teething symptoms may begin at around four months of age, the first tooth often emerges at around six months of age. Signs of teething may include: drooling, mouthing toys, your fingers and anything else she can get her little hands on. Keep in mind that there is a lot of variation and some babies get their first tooth earlier or later. You will want to have lots of bibs and teething toys ready for this stage. Other teething remedies include: rubbing her gums, offering a cold drink or letter her have a...
Thanks to the FDA, I now have a clutter-free, neatly organized medicine cabinet for the first time since stockpiling it for the arrival of twin babies. It's amazing how much stuff you can fit (aka "cram"!) into a tiny medicine closet. Now I'm left like many parents, smack in the middle of cold and flu season with the newfound knowledge that not only are over-the-counter cold and cough medicines not even effective for children under two, they're potentially dangerous.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,500 babies and toddlers have wound up in emergency rooms over the past two years after having a bad reaction to cold medicines. In 2007, the FDA found 54 reported child deaths from decongestants and 69 child deaths from antihistamines from 1969 and fall 2006, most involving children under 2. In 2007, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore's health commissioner, petitioned the FDA to end the use of nonprescription cold remedies by children under 6, a move...
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