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Apr 18, 2009
Lost my 33 yr old most physical fit husband 1 year ago, I miss him and his help! Feels so shitty and unfair. My baby getting better is the only thing that would bring my sanity back.
Any silent reflux toddlers who sleep through night?
My son is 2.5 and is silent refluxer, and had just wondered if there were such thing as silent refluxer toddlers who do sleep through night. I'd sure love to hear how! Thanks.. I just wonder when and if I will ever have a full nights sleep ever again.
Apr 18, 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.
((HUGS)) No sleep here, either, so I'm no help in the optimism department, but I sure can be here in the empathy department. Like you, I don't have anyone to help on those long, exhausting nights, and rarely do I have anyone during the day, when I feel like the walking dead. This is definitely not how I imagined myself mothering... I do just try to remind myself that change is the only inevitable thing there is in this life, and since I can't know what changes will come, I work on just living in the present moment as much as possible -- life might get easier, or it might get harder, but when I am able to keep my mind in the here and now it feels somehow easier to cope. I know I can get through the next half hour, and when that half hour ends, I find that I can get through the one after that, as well...and so move the days and nights. I hope for all of us who are sleepless, and struggling, that relief will come soon, in one form or another...
Apr 18, 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.
emily does, she has always done better at night for some odd reason. I just left sleeping to her on her own terms. i used my parental guidance but she mostly just did it on her own. We have a Homedics lullabye projector that we leave set on ocean and it has really helped. she sleeps on a pillow in her own room in dark. she also has a lovey she calls george and just about any stuffed toy (within reason) in her bed lol she gets mylanta before she goes to sleep and no eating 2 hours before bed. she sometimes wakes up crying but goes back to sleep after a drink of water or more mylanta. good luck!
Apr 19, 2009
jan gambino burns
Jan Gambino, M.Ed
The Reflux Mom
P.O. Box 171
Arnold, Maryland
21012 USA
Mom to Rebecca: reflux and asthma, post nissen fundo, post g tube, post FTT and Jenna: reflux, asthma and POTS.
Author of Reflux 101: A Parent's Guide to Gastroesophageal Reflux.
Hello! So sorry you are on the night shift. I just finished a series of blogs on this topic-one of my favorites by the way because my silent refluxer didn't sleep through the night for years. I don't think it has been posted on the PAGER website yet but you can view it here: It was ultimately the medication that allowed my daughter to sleep through the night but it was also important to teach her good sleep habits and skills along the way. Oh yeah, I also took a nap every day so that I would be alert enough to make dinner and get the kids to bed... Jan Gambino The Reflux Mom
Apr 21, 2009
Julie - I have three children. My youngest Katie is my refluxer. My first Ben was very colicy and is ADHD. My middle Jakob is pretty easy going. Katie had it bad as a baby no sleep for two years. She was on Nutramagin, Prevacid and Zantac. Thought we were through it but after age three it came back big time. After her scope she was put on Prevacid 45mg a day and mylanta as needed. Scope was in Sept. Showed damage in stomach and espophogus. It took about 7 months of medication and Reflux diet for her to start feeling better.
Sorry you are still not sleeping. Katie is still not sleeping all night consistently at age four but she is much much better. I was a walking zombie so when she was about 2.5 and got her big girl bed we did some sleep training. We used the supernanny method :) It took about a week but she was much better after that.

I think our little ones never learn how to sleep because of all the pain they are in for their first few years of life.

I would never do sleep training until the reflux is under control. That is why we waited until around 2.5 years.

Apr 23, 2009
Maia went to "silent" reflux just before a year. Before that she was a major puker. Anyways, she was sleeping through (mostly) by 2.5. It was a ridiculous amount of work on our parts to get it to happen, though. First we had to get her Prevacid dose right. Then, we had to break the habits that kept her from sleeping through. I read every book on sleep that I could find. My 2 favorites were the Ferber book and something called "Sleeping through the night". I night weaned and then totally weaned her using a mixture of CIO at bedtime and then coming into her room and laying down in there (not with her, but in the room) every time she woke. This went on for months. She was sleeping in 2 hour blocks by then (a major improvement but still not great). At that point, I looked for other reasons that she couldn't sleep. She has hypotonia (I'm guessing that a lot of refluxers do?), and I read on the 'net about using a weighted blanket (basically a heavy duvet cover folded over itself a bunch of times in our case). We put it over her legs so they could get "feedback" while she slept, and bingo! She started sleeping through. Hope this helps!! Oh, and now #2 is almost 8 months old, her reflux is mostly silent, and she is a crappy sleeper. I'm going to buy the book "Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child" today, LOL! In her case, her reflux makes it impossible to feed her any solids. I think that that is her problem.
Check with your
doctor first!