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Oct 02, 2009
Sleep Issues
Maddox used to sleep 3 - 4 hours at a time at night. Then around 11 weeks he changed to only sleeping an hour at a time. This initially started when the Zantac wasn't working. Now the prevacid seems to be helping, but he still isn't sleeping well. He sleeps in his carrier b/c of the spitting up. We did try the bassinet and swing. He won't sleep at all in either of those. I don't know if this is related to the reflux or something we are doing. Any insight or suggestions?
Oct 02, 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 would try something different than the carrier. The infant carriers squash their stomaches too much and push the acid up. I had really good luck using the Soothing Motions glider. Perfect angle. Check craigs list for a used one. It also might take a little time to retrain him to sleep longer now that he is on the prevacid.
Oct 03, 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.
One of the most important things, I believe, to understand about sleep in children with reflux is that EVERYONE experiences a period of arousal at the end of each sleep cycle (a cycle being a series of sleep stages which range from light sleep to REM to very deep sleep). In infants, typical sleep cycles conclude about every 40-60 minutes. During this period of arousal, anything that causes discomfort can lead to increased arousal, and ultimately a full awakening. For children with reflux, either pain, OR the discomfort of reflux filling the esophagus (even if it is not acidic), or discomfort from previous episodes can cause an increased likelihood of waking fully at the end of each sleep cycle.

Some children (like my son) actually experience episodes of sleep apnea related to reflux, which can occur due to a neurological process believed to be the brain's effort to to protect the airway from refluxed material (Central Apnea) , or an obstruction of the airway as the refluxed material fills back of the throat (Obstructive Apnea). If your little one wakes consistently at about 40-60 minutes, then it may well be discomfort that is waking him. If he is waking more frequently than that, or if he wakes after what seems like sufficient sleep, but always seems to need more, I would consult your pediatrician about the possibility of sleep apnea (though I highly recommend educating yourself about it first, as many pedi's are not very well educated about it).

Of course, to complicate things even more, there are many "normal" things about the life of an infant that can cause frequent waking -- like growth spurts, teething, and developmental advances. My best advice is to start keeping a log of your little one's sleep (when he goes to sleep, when he wakes, how long it takes to get back to sleep and any unusual circumstances -- for at least two weeks) so that you have a clear picture of what is going on. It is an invaluable tool, especially if things do not improve and you want to discuss it with your child's doctor.

And finally, ((HUGS)) to you -- sleep deprivation is no fun for anyone, but you are definitely not alone around here!

Check with your
doctor first!