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May 22, 2009
lchang4
tummy time
Hi all, I'm just wondering how we are suppose to give our reflux babies tummy time? Did anyone not do it? Did anyone help your baby in other ways? I gave up on tummy time because my babies would throw up. It doesn't matter how many hours since the last feeding. Any suggestion for their development?
May 22, 2009
johnniesnewmommy
I wish I could be more help. I am in the same situation, my baby is almost 11 months and can't crawl yet because he can't lay down ever because he aspirates. He is finding his own ways of getting around mostly by scooting on his butt (it's so cute). He will be walking soon. The only thing stopping him is he doesn't know how to get down and he is afraid. I get asked all the time why he can't crawl yet- and all I can say is how can he learn if he is never able to lay down and cant build those muscle groups. I have decided that with everything else we have to worry about that this is not going to be something I stress about. He will walk, crawl or scoot when he is ready to. God Bless and hang in there.
May 22, 2009
stickybean
I am Jacky, mommy to Joslyn Olivia (April 2008) and Katelyn Isabel (November 2009).
Joslyn was dx'ed with Silent Reflux with breath apnea at 5 days old. VERY SCARY!
Katelyn is a spitter reflux baby. Started at 3 days old as well. (Both were/are breast fed.. symptoms came on when my milk came in).
Joslyn has been reflux free since she was 12 months (suffered poor weight gain for a few months) and Katelyn is now on Zantac... waiting to see if it works.
with joslyn we had her on her tummy while elevated with a pillow. This way she was not fully flat. When she got bigger we used the couch cushion.

Good luck!

May 22, 2009
jeddsmommy
Jessica, Mommy to Jedd, severe reflux, severe food and oral aversions, Finally G tube free!!! VSD repair 4-24-07 (open heart surgery), hypospadias, repaired 3 times and Ear tubes Visit Jedd at his CB site: www.caringbridge.org/visit/jedd
FWIW I don't think Jedd got any tummy time and he LIVED in the high chair for feeds and about 45 mins after his feed stopped running. So he was in that chair HOURS and HOURS per day. At 2/5 years old, he is perfect as far as physical development. So, don't worry too much if you can't get tummy time in.

We used to prop him up IN things quite often instead of doing tummy time. Bumbos, exersaucers......all sorts of stuff. He walked around 14months was running by 15....AND that was all AFTER being VERY physically delayed from his heart condition.

At 6 months old he could NOT: hold his head u, sit up, roll over either way....he was doing nothing physically by that age. NOTHING. period.

He rolled over around 8 months old. Sat up wobbly around 9....then we started to get more on track.

So, don't beat yourself up if you feel you are not able to get in enough slotted tummy time. It will be OK... :-) it's hard not to worry though. HUGS

May 22, 2009
slimfast13
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
We did limited tummy time. I started her with just a couple of minutes propped up on something with towels laid down everywhere. As she got older, I gave up on the tummy time sicnce the vomit got worse from months 4-7. By then she was sitting up and I used just the jumper and exersaucer. Even without tummy time, my dd was walking AND running before 11 months. They all develop at their own pace. Only if there are gross, visible delays would I worry about it.
May 22, 2009
lchang4
Thanks everyone for your input. When my twins came home in January, the PT kind of made me feel bad about not playing with them. But I was sooooooooooooo exhausted with the reflux, choking, expressing milk, and every 3 hour feed. Now I've got a little more time so I'm trying to play catch up. Is it true that reflux max at 4-7 months usually? They are 8.5 months/5.5 months adjusted, so smack in the middle. I'm hoping they will outgrow it in 1.5 months... Hoping.....
May 22, 2009
slimfast13
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
Well, as for that time frame, that's CAN be when reflux is at it's worst. Unfotunately for many of us, we found that just about anything can set of a flare - teething, illness, stress, growth, etc. My dd was at her worst from 3-10 months. And even though that may be the worst, many times it means it's far from done. We weaned meds at 14 mos (unsuccessful), 16 months (so-so) and then 18 months (FINALLY!). She still has her moments with teething and allergies though, so we keep the Maalox handy.

Many of us were disappointed when the magic one-year mark came and went without succeess. That's not to say it's unmanageable, but it may still be there, so keep an eye out for the symptoms. Hoping for the best (but prepare for that not to happen) HUGS!

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doctor first!