Acid Reflux and Sleep

It’s thought that this may be due to a painful burning sensation caused by the buildup of stomach fluid in the esophagus. Infants with GERD may also start screaming and crying during feeding.

Lactose intolerance is an inability to digest the principle sugar in all milk (whether it be human or cow or goat or any other kind). In general, babies don’t suffer from lactose intolerance. Those that do are usually either premature infants (whose digestive systems aren’t yet fully developed), severely malnourished infants, or infants who are recovering from an infection of the small intestine. In the latter case, lactose intolerance is temporary (Heyman 2006). The rate of full-fledged GERD among infants is unknown.

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Gastric emptying study. Some people with GERD have a slow emptying of the stomach that may be contributing to the reflux of acid. During this test, your child drinks milk or eats food mixed with a radioactive chemical. This chemical is followed through the gastrointestinal tract using a special camera. Cow’s milk can increase painful reflux symptoms for many babies dealing with GERD.

Smaller, More Frequent Feedings

This forces the baby to wake up. Other symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include labored, irregular breathing and restlessness during sleep. Cow’s milk allergy may also cause baby sleep problems–specifically more arousals, shorter sleep cycles, and dramatic reductions in total sleep time (Kahn et al 1988; Kahn et al 1989).

Ditto for feedings before naps. Giving the baby around 30 minutes to digest should increase the chances of food staying down and them making it through the night. pH probe. Your child will swallow a long, thin tube with a probe at the tip, which will stay in his esophagus for 24 hours.

The response is usually due to abdominal discomfort or esophageal irritation. Your infant may refuse to eat if they experience pain during feeding. This pain might be due to the irritation that occurs when the contents of the stomach come back up into their esophagus. Spitting up is normal for infants.

Of course, there are many babies who cannot do these long naps for other reasons (an ability to link their sleep cycles, self-settle, overtiredness), but I had helped Rupert learn all of these skills, and knew that he was never awake for longer than he should be for his age (1hr 30 minutes), so I just knew it had to be something else. Ironically, the safest sleeping position for babies – lying flat on their back – is also thought to contribute to acid reflux.

Once I was able to realize that hyper-lactation was the cause of the reflux like symptoms, I could do a few things during feeding that would help ease his symptoms. There can be a lot of engorgement and a foremilk / hindmilk imbalance that results in fussiness, gas, and reflux like symptoms in infants. One possible cause (certainly not all, consult your doctor and follow their recommendations) of reflux like symptoms is hyper-lactation. I found this term after tons of Googling, #thankyouverymuchGoogle.

how should a baby sleep with acid reflux

Please remember that if you have any questions about your baby’s health-no matter how seemingly small-it’s always a good idea to consult with your pediatrician. Burping your infant several times during the feeding (after every ounce or two) will help minimize gastric pressure and the reflux it can cause. Waiting to burp your infant until after she has a full stomach can increase the chances of regurgitation. The way your infant is positioned in a car seat can cause regurgitation to increase. If your infant slouches over, it causes abdominal compression, increasing the risk of reflux.

This will help aid digestion before your child sleeps. Because acid reflux occurs after meals, don’t put your infant to bed immediately after a feeding.

Feed him, hold him upright, and then read him a book, give him a bath and a massage. When it’s time for him to sleep, put him down drowsy but awake. Stay with him and soothe him intermittently until he is asleep.

how should a baby sleep with acid reflux

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