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May 08, 2009
Stomach Sleeping and Wheezing
My 9 month old son has just started sleeping on his stomach. He wakes up at around 4AM for a small bottle and goes back to sleep. Last night I fed him, burped him, and put his to sleep on his back. Within 5 minutes he was on his tummy. I heard him whimpering a bit and this morning he wheezed (whistled) upon exhaling. Now the previous night we did the same routine and when he turned onto his stomach he vomited in his crib. Last night he did not vomit but that was because I gave him a smaller bottle. Here is what I think happened: Last night after rolling onto his tummy, the formula came back up via reflux and some may have gotten into his lungs or dried in his nose, which is what caused both the whimpering and the wheezing. As a result, we are going to wean him from his night time feedings since he is old enough. Note: I though that stomach sleeping was better for babies with GER.
May 08, 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.
Poor baby. Probably a good idea to wean the nighttime feeding if it is irritating him. My baby did better on her tummy but I cleared it through my pediatrician first.
May 08, 2009
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I would be careful with the night time feeds. Definitely make sure he is well burped and has been held upright for a while (for my severe refluxer I held her up at least an hour) before lying him back down. Do you elevate the head of the bed at night? Sometimes that can help with GERD and breathing issues.

Wheezing could be formula getting the airway irritated, caused by a virus, or something like reactive airway/asthma issues. My youngest refluxer aspirated on formula when she was younger and it was VERY scary.

Definitely mention ANY breathing issues to your child's pedi as soon as possible.

They can also tell you if tummy sleeping or elevating the head of the bed might be helpful to his sleeping. Some kids do well with thickening the evening feeding and some don't but that might also be worth asking about.

I hope he does better tonight and you all get a good nights sleep. :)
May 09, 2009
lindy wyatt
We definately held Adeline upright for one hour after EVERY feeding for pretty much the first seven to eight months. Know that sounds crazy but wanted her to gain weight and not aspirate. She slept with an apena monitor for the first eight months. Tried the stomach a couple of times, great for about an hour and then she would try to turn back over and get stuck. Had low upper body tone so wasn't strong enough to get out of the situation. She sleeps on the tucker's wedge with boppy turned into a u at her bottom.
Check with your
doctor first!