Reflux Wedges for Infants with Acid Reflux
There are many acid reflux wedges and acid reflux pillows on the market for adults with acid reflux but it’s difficult to find something similar that works for an infant.
The phrase “sleeping like a baby” is often used to describe a deep and peaceful slumber but you know differently. Babies with infant acid reflux typically have very interrupted sleep, often tossing and turning unless swaddled in an effort to find a comfortable position that reduces the occurrence of infant acid reflux or waking up with painful reflux episodes. Upright positioning is extremely helpful for many babies with infant acid reflux. The problem is not so much elevating baby's head to stop spit up as it is keeping him from rolling down once you've elevated him.
You can very easily place bricks under the crib to elevate it, or elevate the mattress itself but I can't tell you how many phone calls and emails I've received over the years from distraught parents who have found that their baby rolled down to the foot of the crib with a face up against the bumper or a blanket. An infant acid reflux wedge or baby wedge pillow with attached harness or crib sling like a Tucker Sling or Danny Sling (reflux sling) prevents this from happening.
Infant Reflux Wedges or Baby Reflux Pillows for Sleeping
Reflux wedges and pillows for babies and infants with acid reflux
You can very inexpensively purchase crib wedges for infants from chain baby stores, however, the incline is so slight that it's not beneficial for most babies and many simply slide down to the foot of the crib and end up flat anyway.
Baby Reflux Wedge - Tucker Wedge, RESQ Wedge, Infant Acid Reflux Wedge
The most effective sleep measure is to purchase a baby sleeping wedge. A sleeping wedge has a harness to stop your baby from sliding down and keep him from rolling off the side of the wedge. The Tucker Sling with Wedge and the RESQ Wedge have the harness in the middle of the wedge so your baby's body is completely on the wedge, allowing him to sleep on his back or stomach (or also on his side with the Tucker Wedge but not the RESQ wedge.)
It's critical that the baby's legs not be flexed as they are in a carseat, or on wedges designed to support only the baby's torso but not the entire body. You can find excerpts from many medical studies supporting this on this page.
Watch a quick video to see the RESQ Wedge in action.
Crib Sling - Reflux Sling
Tucker Designs also makes the Tucker Sling for crib mattress that is essentially a half sheet with a harness attached to keep the baby from sliding down to the foot of the crib. The sling simply slips over your existing crib mattress which you prop up using any firm and sturdy item. In this way you can control the elevation of the mattress as your baby's reflux improves. The Tucker Slings are also covered by most insurance.
Still Confused? See our Reflux Wedge Comparison Chart
Reflux Wedges for Infant Diaper Changes - Diaper Changing Wedge
The Pollywog Changing Station Incliner is another reflux wedge for diaper changes. This reflux wedge simply slides under your existing changing table cover to place the baby on an incline during diaper changes. When purchasing a changing wedge be sure the baby's legs are on the same plane as his body. An infant with reflux should be in a position where the whole body is elevated, not just the head. Flexion on the legs puts upward pressure on the tummy! The Pollywog Changing Station Incliner is only available for purchase in our Pollywog online store. We have both covered versions and less expensive uncovered diaper changing wedges
A reflux wedge can minimize spit ups when you change your baby's diaper
Keep your baby on an incline even during diaper changes.
This product is covered by most insurance.Find out how.
Reflux Wedges for Infant Feeding - Feeding Wedge
Proper digestive positioning during feeds can actually improve colic and infant acid reflux. Studies have shown that left side positioning and upright positioning with no pressure on the stomach lead to fewer refluxing episodes.
The best way we’ve found to consistently feed an infant with acid reflux on the left side in an upright position is to use a reflux wedge specifically designed for feeding, also known as a nursing wedge. This allows you to breastfeed your infant while he lies on his left side in an upright position regardless of which breast you are feeding from. While feeding from your right breast the infant is in a cradle position and while feeding from your left breast the infant is diagonal to you, almost in a football hold.
In both positions the infant is supported by a firm reflux feeding wedge on his left side, in an upright position with a straight spine. This works equally well for bottle feeding. We have received immeasurable feedback over the last few years that even babies without acid reflux spit up less and have fewer incidences of colic and discomfort during feedings when using a reflux nursing wedge. Pollywog Nursing Wedges are available for purchase in our Pollywog online store.
A reflux feeding wedge will make feedings more comfortable for you both.
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