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Reflux in Babies

Stanley Chow

Be down with Elevation

Babies with reflux often suffer from painful night waking because, when lying flat, they don't have the benefit of gravity to help keep food down. If baby is a restless sleeper, elevate the head of his crib about 30 degrees using blocks and books. You can also help baby avoid reflux during diaper changes by using a reflux wedge to elevate him off a flat back.

What Your Doctor Can Do

When you have exhausted the above advice, your doctor may recommend medicines that lessen stomach acid production. In some babies, reflux is due to a suck-swallow problem, causing them to swallow too much air while feeding. A therapist who specializes in suck training may be able to provide support.