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Feb 09, 2010
haylee bug
Mother of a reflux baby
elevated sleeping and head positioning
So like many of you, my daughter sleeps elevated (in her Graco Snug ride carseat right now). The problem is she has always leans to the right side and I failed to correct it until I now notice she tends to slightly lean that way no matter what. I mentioned it to the PCP and he said it's a mild case of torticollis. He gave me some exercises to do at home to help and said he can refer her to physcial therpy if I feel it hasn't gotten any better. She moves her head both ways, which usually doesn't happen when they have severe torticollis. I was just wondering what you mom's did to keep your babies elevated and their head straight. I'm also worried about her getting a flat head if she keeps it in the same position. Any advise would be wonderful.
Feb 11, 2010
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.
Have you tried anything other than the car seat for elevation?

For the existing toticollis, I highly recommend exploring Cranio-sacral therapy, if it is available in your area. It can work wonders on head/neck range of motion issues.

Feb 12, 2010
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 elevated the head of Ryans crib 6 inches. I just put blocks under the crib legs. Looks a little redneckish, but hey, it worked great. I used a Tucker Sling to keep him from sliding down until he learned to keep himself in that position, which didnt take long. Is she old enough to hold her head up by herself now? If so I recommend putting her in a Bumbo seat during the day. The upright position will help her reflux, keep her from rubbing her hair off the back of her head and with the range of motion and muscle strength.
Check with your
doctor first!