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Apr 12, 2010
twinsmommy
sleeping position
My 5 month-old twins both have reflux and had been sleeping in their car seats. My boy has finally transitioned to his crib inclined and is now sleeping through the night since he can roll over onto his stomach and is much more comfortable. I can't get my girl to take longer than 30 minute naps on her back. She can not yet roll over. she will nap for 1 1/2 hours in her car seat. They had been napping in different rooms, but she started taking shorter naps so I put her back in the same room that he is in for naps. I don't know how to work on prolonging her naps without interfering with his sleep. As soon as she sees me she is wide awake and cannot be patted or even rocked back to sleep.
Apr 12, 2010
twinsmommy
Forgot to mention that she is on Prevacid and we recently stopped her Zantac because I didn't think she needs it anymore. Doesn't complain much during the day, except when overtired. Just vomits her entire bottle about 1x/week. She is on Enfamil GentleEase
Apr 13, 2010
vigilantmom
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
A lot of refluxers have more problems at night than during the day. You might consider giveing the Prevacid later in the day or giving the Zantac at night. On positioning.... Car seats dont tend to be the best places for refluxers to sleep. It puts a lot of pressure on their tummys from being scrunched down. It can exasperate reflux. A better choice might be the Fisher Price Soothing Motions Glider. It has a great angle an slides side to side with out the dipping motion of a swing that a lot of refluxers cant handle. It is kind of pricey at $99 but worth every penny if you ask me. You can likely find a used on on Craigs list. Other things that worked for us: I put 5 inch blocks under the legs of the head of the bed for a really good incline and wrapped him snug in Swaddle Me Wrap and played white noise in the background. Ryan was an easy startler and once he was startled he was awake. The swaddle and the music stopped that and the incline kept his stomache contents where it belonged. Last idea.... Will she sleep comfortably on her tummy? If so, perhaps you can get a sleep apnea/sids alarm which would give you the peace of mind to allow her to sleep on her tummy. A good question for your doc.
Apr 13, 2010
twinsmommy
She sleeps through the night in her car seat, so it doesn't make her uncomfortable. I do give her the prevacid at night. I just can't get her to sleep inclined on her back. I think she is too old to be swaddled at 5 months. Any other ideas as to how to limit startle reflex and make her feel more cozy like she does in the car seat?
Apr 13, 2010
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
Jedd wasn't rolling over until around 9 months old, he was physically delayed due to his heart defect. I say, if a child is not rolling over, swaddle them. We did. Jedd loved to be swaddled. We only stopped when he had the ability to roll from back to belly. Then it was a safety issue and we stopped.

We used a wedge in the bed and under the mattress we placed a large knitted afghan that brought the incline up even more.

By morning he had normally slid down, but more often than not, he stayed where he needed to be. That could make them more comfy.

How long have you been trying to get them to sleep in the crib versus in the car seat???

It may be they just need to be sleep trained in the crib, you know, given some time to get used to the new environment of the crib.

Apr 13, 2010
twinsmommy
Well, the car seat has always been in the crib for night-time. She used to nap in a different room so they wouldn't wake each other up but she started taking short naps even when in the car seat. So I moved her back to her room with her brother and she did better. Today she actually took a 1 1/2 hour nap in the morning on he rback in the crib. Then for second nap she fell asleep in car seat running errands so I moved her to her bed when she got home and she woke up 10 minutes later. Just put her back down now and she cried for 5 minutes then fell asleep, so we will see. She likes to have her arms up by her face. Maybe I could try just swaddling her legs or try one of those zipper blankets where there hands are free.
Apr 13, 2010
vigilantmom
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
When Ryan got to the point that he wanted his arms out I still used the Swaddle Me but used it velcroed it shut with his arms out so it was still snug around his chest. Oh and I am a big believer in the Snuggle Nest inside the crib. It is my standard baby gift. You can put it in the crib and lay her in that. Makes the crib much smaller and cozy for them. It really helps with the transition to the big open space of the crib. Worth a try.
Apr 15, 2010
twinsmommy
If she falls asleep fine in the crib, but just wakes up early, could the size of the crib be the problem or is it most likely the reflux? She was taking Prevacid and Zantac and we stopped the Zantac 10 days ago. Should I try putting her back on it first?
Apr 16, 2010
vigilantmom
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
Worth a try. Sorry, I know this mommy thing is feels like you forever playing a guessing game of trial and error.... and sometime like you are playing Russian Roulette. Keep tweeking.. you will get there.
Apr 18, 2010
twinsmommy
She has been back on the zantac for about 5 days and is now taking 1-2 hour naps during the day without complaint. Still wakes up several times at night. Should the Zantac be back to working by now? Hate this guessing game. Just hard because she was sleeping through the night (in her carseat) and now she's not.
May 11, 2010
maxsmommy
Just my two cents....but could she be starting to get some teeth? That always makes Max wake up more at night. Also, I know it is against dr. recommendations, but I started putting him to sleep on his tummy at about 4.5 mos. He was sooooo much more comfortable and slept so much better. Now he rolls and stands and still will only sleep on his tummy. We also have the crib inclined and a wedge under the sheet. Good luck!
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