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Mar 13, 2009
Sleep study and GERD?
Wondering if anyone ever had a sleep study done on you baby with GERD? My son is 14 months old and still doesnt sleep thru the night due to constant waking from reflux pain. He is just restless, tosses and turns all night and only takes TWO 20-30 min naps a day! I read somewhere that you can do a sleep study on GERD babies to see whats disrupting their sleep and when reflux episodes occur. Anyone have any experiance? Advice?
Mar 13, 2009
Mary & Nicholas 7-17-03 (non-refluxer)allergies, asthma on Singulair and Flovent & Aidan 1-28-07(my refluxer)Nissen Fundoplication on June 20, 2008, FTT, MSPI, DGE, ear tubes, allergies and severe GERD now currently taking just Prevacid and drinking Elecare Vanilla 1+.
We did a sleep study while we were inpatient for an endoscopy and probe. It was the perfect time to do it because the probe results could be compared directly to the sleep study results. My son had severe apnea and it was being caused directly from the reflux episodes and that was what was waking him all night long. It is usually really hard to get insurance to approve a sleep study unless they suspect apnea or another condition like seizures that are disrupting sleep. It can't hurt to have one done although my son was really young when he had it done I can't imagine it being done on an older child who is mobile.
Mar 13, 2009
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.
My son had a sleep study and pH probe done at 15 months of age. He had never slept more than 3 hours in a row, usually more like 20-40 minutes and slept several hours less per 24 than was recommended for his age. We fought for almost a year to get anyone to take seriously our concerns about his sleep, which you may also find trouble with, as I see that you co-sleep. We also co-sleep, and were repeatedly told that co-sleeping was the cause of all of his sleep problems (in spite of the fact that we didn't start until his problems became too difficult to manage without co-sleeping).

Unfortunately, the pH probe done at the same time as the sleep study was done incorrectly, so we couldn't correlate results, but my son was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, which his pulmonologist believes is related to the reflux. I actually think there are a few things going on at the same time, but anyway... There's a great forum at, where you can learn more about sleep studies -- and be sure to check out the pediatric forum.

All that said, while I am very glad to know that my son has sleep apnea, which I ahd suspected for a very long time, we have not been able to achieve any improvement in his sleep. He is due for a follow up sleep study soon, which will help us understand where the apnea is at, but at this point, we still get no more than 3 hours in a row, usually a lot less, and rarely more than 9 hours out of 24, again, often a lot less. He still nurses like a newborn, and we are all pretty exhausted most of the time.

I guess what I'm saying, by way of sharing my experience, is that the sleep study is well worth it, and very informative, but does not assure any answers or solutions. In some cases, it is all just a process...and a bumpy one at that. I wish you all the best!

Mar 14, 2009
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
my audrey wakes up every 2 hours like clock work and she dose not have GERD. honestly i think a sleep study is a good starting point.
Mar 14, 2009
We're having one done in a couple weeks on my 4 month old. Let you know how it goes.
Mar 17, 2009
baby quinn's mommy
Mom to a 3 year old baby girl with severe reflux: g-tube, nissen fundoplication. dx: RAD, failure to thrive, DGE, epilepsy, sleep apnea, paraesohphogeal hernia, high lactic acid there's more "unknown disease"... Hospitalized 12 times, PT graduate! ST graduate! OT graduate! Current Meds: singulair, zopeonex, pulmicort, reglan, Keppra, Trileptal, vitamin B6, Veramyst. Current weight: 34 lb. Current height: 39". g-tube dependent, oxygen 1-2LpM all day and night PIC: Ms. Quinn
My daughter has had a lot of sleep studies and ph probes. it is a good idea to get them both done together for the exact reason that Mary stated, so the results can be reviewed together to determine if the sleep disturbances are directly related to the reflux. It is also a good starting point. That is where Quinn first started. Quinn was 1 1/2 months old in the NICU when they did the first ph probe/sleep study. She has had a total of about 4 or 5 ph probes and 4 sleep studies.

i hope that the studies can provide you with some answers and a treatment plan for your little one. Take care! -Sarah

Mar 17, 2009
thank you guys so much for all the info! I am definately going to bring this up to his specialist and pray he'll do this for him. Thanks again!
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