So your baby has reflux, but what can you do to help? There are a number of really simples positional changes that can help your baby with the symptoms of reflux:
- elevate the head end of the cot
- avoid placing baby flat even for changing
- hold baby upright after each feed for approximately 20 minutes
- don’t bounce baby, as this is like ‘shaking a milk jug’, instead soothe by stroking, or swaying
- try a dummy, which helps by drawing the milk down the oesophagus, because of the stimulation of sucking (non-nutritive sucking)
- if you are breastfeeding and have very fast let down, try a nipple shield or feed against gravity by lying on your back, to slow the flow down
I found that a wedge, placed under the cot mattress was really helpful to elevate the head of my baby. We used it in his cot, and also under the changing mat. There are a number of wedges available, but we liked these from babymoov. Firstly just a simple wedge and secondly, one which is reversible depending on the degree of incline, and has a strap to secure baby. While the Lullaby Trust safe sleeping advice advocates a flat cot, the use of wedges is a personal choice, and for us were invaluable.
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