Hey there, Reflux Filled Family,
We totally get it – navigating the wild world of your little one’s feeding and sleeping habits can be a rollercoaster ride, especially when you’re trying to figure out their tiny bodies. That’s why The Silver Lining Team is here to share our top tips and tricks for helping you and your baby cope with reflux. When everything feels like it’s falling apart, remember this golden rule: when in doubt, hit the reset button. Step away from the chaos, take a stroll, enjoy a shower, crank up some soothing tunes, or just change up the scenery. In this guide, we’re dishing out some real-world advice to make your reflux journey a tad smoother.
- Upright Feeding: Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, keep your baby in an upright position during feeds to minimize reflux episodes.
- Complete One Breast: If you’re breastfeeding, ensure your baby finishes one breast before switching to the other. This can help reduce air intake and minimize discomfort.
- Frequent Feeds: Offer shorter, more frequent feeding sessions to avoid overwhelming your baby’s stomach.
- Burping Breaks: Take regular breaks during feeds to burp your baby. This can help release trapped air and alleviate reflux symptoms.
- Timing Matters: Feeding right before bedtime may worsen reflux. Consider a routine of feed, change, play, and then sleep to make your baby more comfortable.
- Post-Feeding Upright Position: After feeding, hold your baby upright for 15-30 minutes. If available, use an inclined holder like a Mamaroo for added comfort.
- Continual Upright Holding: Holding your baby upright after feedings can greatly reduce reflux discomfort.
- Baby Carrier: Using a baby carrier allows your baby to stay upright and close to your body, promoting comfort.
- Baby Shuffle: Hold your baby with one ear against your chest and your hand cupping their other ear. Start by standing and gently shuffle back and forth while making a deep and soothing sound, such as “OM” or “SHH.” Slow your movements as your baby begins to calm down.
- Skin-to-Skin Contact: Skin-to-skin contact remains a calming technique for babies of all ages, especially those with reflux.
- Reflux Medications: Reflux medications are typically prescribed by a pediatrician. For best results, give the medication 10-15 minutes before your baby’s meal, preferably twice a day (morning and evening).
- Thickened Food: Consult your baby’s pediatrician about thickening breastmilk or formula, which can help prevent excessive spit-up during or after feeds.
- Mylicon: Over-the-counter gas drops like Mylicon can alleviate lower gastric issues associated with reflux. Administer 10-15 minutes before feeds if possible or anytime between feeds (maximum 12 doses per day).
- Gripe Water: This over-the-counter herbal soothing liquid is excellent for soothing your baby’s throat and addressing hiccups and burping. Use Gripe Water as needed.
Important Information About Reflux Medication: When it comes to reflux medication, there are generally three levels prescribed to infants: Pepcid (famotidine), Prilosec (omeprazole), and Nexium (esomeprazole). It’s important to be aware that insurance considerations may require trying each level in succession. While Pepcid often shows limited improvement, Prilosec and Nexium can provide more significant relief. However, these medications primarily address upper gastric acid reflux (the burning sensation in the throat), so you may still need to use additional remedies like Mylicon to tackle lower gastric issues.
So, there you have it, dear Reflux Warriors,
Managing reflux in babies might feel like a wild ride, but with these tips and tricks up your sleeve, you’re better equipped to handle the ups and downs. Just keep in mind that every baby is a unique bundle of joy, and it’s all about finding what works best for your little one. Don’t hesitate to chat with your pediatrician for guidance tailored to your baby’s specific needs. We’re rooting for you and your tiny champ on this reflux adventure. Godspeed to all!