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Aug 03, 2009
Tummy time w/reflux
Any suggestions on how/when to do tummy time with a baby with reflux?
Aug 03, 2009
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!
I tried to do it right before a feed - it was as empty as she ever got.
Aug 04, 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.
hmm imho- good luck.. i know that sounds horrible but we had a awful time with coordinating "tummy time" and reflux. Emily ended up being on par with kids her age so we were lucky with leaving out tummy time, but many reflux kiddos require Early Intervention or Early Steps or something or the sort which is offered in most states for free. These are a free evaluation program open to all kids which enables the parents to asses their childs needs and appropriates therapies accordingly. i would strongly suggest contacting your states EIC program or website to find out more info. good luck!
Aug 04, 2009
Early intervention was a god send. My son who is 8 months old and has severe reflux and who was classified as low muscle tone just started crawling. We would do tummy time right before the next feed but what helped most were all these excercises the physical therapist had us do on an excercise ball. It doesn't place nearly as much pressure on their tummy and is great for strengthing their muscles. It is much easier for them to do. He had a few pukes during early intervention was our therapist was use to it.
Aug 04, 2009
Zack born 09/28/07 @ 31 weeks. Dx silent reflux @ 6 mo. Now not so silent. Switched to Elecare @ 9 mo. On Prevacid 15mg 1x daily. Looking to stop the puke and gain some lbs.
Puke stopped about 24 months and he's learning to eat...very slowly.
Still on prevacid and periactin.
honestly, I just never forced it...he hated it. He was quick to, roll over...very slow to sit up, but normal with walking and most everything else. I think that in many instances (low tone excluded) that the kids adapt.
Aug 04, 2009
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
I didnt worry about tummy time either... Tried to spare my carpet. I put him in the Excersaucer and bouncer instead. No issues. He was up walking at 10 months.
Aug 04, 2009
Mom to Charlie - cleft palate and reflux. Meds - zantac, prevacid, mylanta and reglan.
We never got much tummy time in. If we did it was right before a feed. We also are in EI but I don't think it has anything to do with lack of tummy time - more like low muscle tone. Good luck. Susie
Aug 04, 2009
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
I think it depends on how severe the reflux is... mine could not do tummy time without hurling. It took a while before we even attempted it. We did other things (as previously mentioned) like the excersaucer etc... That having been said, we also had issues with hypotonia and required EI as well for gross motor skills. You may look into whether they or your pedi would be able to give you some alternative ideas for tummy time to allow the muscles to strengthen without aggravating the reflux.
Aug 06, 2009
Aurora born March 17, 2007
3 years, 8 months old
Weighs 25.8 lbs
8 lbs 11 oz at birth.
Recovered Chronic Projectile Vomiter
Prevacid Free since September 08
Egg allergy diagnosed Jan 26/09
Has a Pectus Excavatum
Has an Epipen
My daughter didn't really mind tummy time, though she did vomit a lot. We did tummy time using a boppy pillow. We layed her on the pillow tummy down, but propped up a bit. It still helped to strengthen her neck muscles, which is the ultimate goal of tummy time. You could use any pillow really, or try laying on the floor yourself, propped with pillows and lay the baby on your chest. If the baby is old enough to be interested in their surroundings, it will still get those neck muscles working. You really don't have to do tummy time for long periods of time for it to be effective, a minute or two a few times a day, for as long as the baby can tolerate it. For us, she was going to puke regardless, but she was not a terribly fussy baby, and had she screamed during tummy time, I probably wouldn't have wanted to do it either, lol. The funny thing is, we were told at the ER when she was a month old to put her to sleep on her tummy and rub her bum, and that would help with the reflux....obviously by someone who did not have a baby with didn't matter the angle, the child puked, period. Good luck. Don't give up on tummy time....but don't worry too much about it either. Good luck (((HUGS)))
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