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Sep 09, 2008
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
Sebastian's mom
I would like to encourage you to bring Sebastian's sleep issues to the attention of any and all physicians whose care he is under. Again, with his allergy history, it may very well be related to that, but I would actually be a bit concerned about the full sinuses when he wakes up. Lorenzo does not snore. Had I not been co-sleeping with him, I would never have known he was having any breathing issues while he was asleep. When reflux causes apnea, it is because the fluid fills the airway temporarily -- that does not lead to snoring, but it does lead to morning boogers. What position(s) does he usually sleep in? Those can be indicative of what is going on, as well.

As a general rule, children who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea are not necessarily awakened fully by the episodes, but when they are reflux related, full awakenings are much more common. Children also tend to have more apnea episodes during REM sleep, which they may not enter, or enter for only a short time, during naps. There is also a significant correlation being uncovered between apnea, reflux and allergies. All this is not meant to alarm, simply to encourage you to talk to a physician about it and do a bit of research. I wish I had known some of what I know now back when Lorenzo was really suffering -- it would have saved us all so much grief, and if our experience ever saves a single person from the same experience, I guess I'll feel a lot better about it...

Sending you and Sebastian happy sleep thoughts...

Sep 09, 2008
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
Hey Christina! Thanks for this message. i am thinking of making another appointment with the ENT this week. We have a follow-up scheduled in the near future anyway (Sebastian has had fluid in his ears since May). Would they have told me if he had large adenoids and/or tonsils at any of these appts? I know I myself gave ginormous tonsils. I had strep a gazillion times (seriously, like four times a year) growing up but never had my tonsils removed. I don't really know what an adenoid is (I see this term used freely all the time), but that is what Google is for.

Sebastian changes positions all night long. I put him down on his side, but he ends up on his back, his belly, his other side, in a faceplant, with his butt in the get the picture.

My FIL is slightly narcoleptic, and his brother (Sebastian's great-uncle) has sleep apnea. Are these hereditary? I will google that, too.

So you think it could very well be apnea? I will start researching. Thanks very much. I think it is so wonderful that mamas look out for one another on here.

Sep 09, 2008
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
Hi, just wanted to jump in here. If he has enlarged adenoids, it can lead to apnea episodes, as well as constant illness (in my dd's case). The adenoids are located at the area at the very back of the the nasal cavity. An experienced ENT should be able to push on his neck and feel if they are enlarged - or they can check with an x-ray. Here is one of the articles that helped us when we were researching:
Check with your
doctor first!