Sleeping Wedges and Slings for Acid Reflux Babies
Acid Reflux Babies
Acid reflux babies and toddlers can make sleep next to impossible. Once you do finally get a baby to sleep, acid reflux can cause frequent and painful night wakenings that start the process of settling to sleep all over again, repeating all night long.
Even with medication the dose can wear off during the night, making night time positioning critical. What really adds urgency to the situation, above and beyond the importance of having a rested caregiver to deal with the emotional strain of caring for a reflux baby, is that babies are developing sleep habits that will be difficult to break. It's important to give a baby the best opportunity for sleep success now so that he will have good sleep habits later.
Acid Reflux Babies and Acid Reflux Children - Sleep Elevated Safely
We have worked hard to bring you the largest selection of high quality, safe sleeping wedges for acid reflux babies and toddlers that we could find, including the Tucker Sling and the therapist-designed RESQ Wedge. We also have the Comfy Lift Bed to elevate older babies, toddlers, or babies who don't like to be harnessed.
Acid Reflux Babies - Compare Sleeping Wedges
We have created a comparison of sleeping wedges so you can see them all side by side. Please see our instructions for getting your sleeping wedge covered by health insurance. We have even sourced a billing specialist who can help you submit your claim should you be too overwhelmed with the process.
The Wrong Wedge Design Can Make Your Baby's Reflux or Apnea Worse
It's critical that babies with reflux and breathing disorders be not only inclined but have legs extended along the same plane as the body and not flexed as they are in a carseat or in wedges where the baby's entire body is not resting on the wedge itself.
A study conducted by the University of Kansas School of Medicine and published in The American Family Physician, a peer reviewed journal of the American Academy of Physicians found that "Seated positioning should be minimized because it provokes reflux by increasing intra-abdominal pressure.
From Pediatric Otolaryngology: Principles and Practice Pathways By Ralph F. Wetmore, Harlan R. Muntz, Trevor J. I. McGill: "Body positioning is an integral component in the treatment of GERD. By having the head of the bed elevated, gravitational forces aid in preventing reflux. Originally the seated position was recommended for infants until the 1980's when data showed that this position actually worsened GER by increasing the intra-abdominal pressure by bending at the waist. For this reason car seats should be avoided or at least not used for postprandial infants who have demonstrated apnea or complications with GERD."
From About.com "The way the infant is positioned in the car seat can cause regurgitation to increase." In a carseat the infant is in a seated but reclining position with flexed legs.
From Pediatrics,the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics: "Preterm infants are subject to an increased risk of oxygen desaturation, apnea, and/or bradycardia, especially when placed in a semireclined position in car safety seats."
Literature from the University of Washington recommends positional treatment that includes "Upright positioning during awake times in a way that doesn't compress the stomach."
For this reason we only carry sleeping products that position your baby such that the entire body is on the same plane and the legs are not flexed as in a seated position.
RESQ Wedge Video
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