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Aug 27, 2010
kavyamom
Elevating crib, bed risers
Kavya is 20 months old and I currently have elevated the crib with some wooden planks (2 inches) under the feet and a wedge (1 inch) under the mattress. I then place some rolled towels on the sides and at the bottom to keep her from sliding too much. However, often her feet will be under the towels on the bottom and she has come down. I know some of you elevate the crib even more (Vigilantmom, you mentioned 5 inches I think). How do you keep your child from sliding down? When she was younger we used the Tucker Sling (but couldn't use it once she started turning a lot) and that was useful to some extent and so I am sure if I can elevate the crib a little more it might help her get a longer stretch of sleep.

Also, I think I should get bed risers instead of the 3 flat wooden planks that I am currently using. Can anyone recommend brands that are good and where to get them? Also, how do they accommodate different size and shape of feet (I need to get it for both my crib and bed)?

Aug 27, 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
I screwed 2 two in blocks together to make a 4 inch block and put those under the legs at the head of the bed and then added a 1 inch wedge under the mattress cover. I used the sling as long as I could and then I let him just figure it out. I was lucky. It didnt take him long to figure out that if he stayed at the top of his bed he would feel better. The daycare elevates his cot to this day because that is the way he wants to sleep. He even yells when you try to change his diaper with out a pillow propping up his head. I dont know how I would have felt about putting towels in his bed from a risk of SIDS perspective.

Check Bed Bath and Beyond for bedrisers. I have seen them there. The wood works too. Yes..I know that it looks a bit redneckish, but what ever works.

I wonder if elevating the bed would do any more good than what you have already. Have you ever done a sleep study with her or had a probe placed? I am not saying that the disturbances are not reflux related, but us Reflux moms, myself included, have a tendancy to blame the world's troubles on reflux and dont look for other causes. At 20 months, I would looker further... I think. But then again, I do not know what you have looked into already. Does she have an ENT? Could there be some sleep apnea going on? A sleep study and a PH probe could be informative to you. Could help you figure out if it is medically related or behaviour and by that I mean habitual from her days of bad uncontrolled GERD. I will keep thinking....

Aug 27, 2010
kavyamom
Yeah, we also prop up her head during diaper changes otherwise she will scream. When the reflux is really bad (during teething or illness, she will scream even when it is elevated). And we definitely found she slept better as we gradually increased the incline of her crib except that if we inclined it more than 3 inches, she started sliding down too much and it wasn't very effective after that. She has had an endoscopy and there was no damage and biopsies were normal. We haven't done the probe...some nights she sleeps better and since this test is just going to tell us about 1 night, I am not sure that I want to do this. She also has severe allergies/intolerances so we are looking into that as well.
Sep 07, 2010
b-girl
Mom to Jasmine aka: Jazz 01/24/2007
Dx with silent reflux at 8 months
FPIES, DGE, MSPI. Recently diagnosed with EC (Eosin. colitis and now Primary immune deficiency disease.
Also mom to Nathan. born Jan.20th, 2009, MPI . so far dx with reflux and has an extremely sensitibe GI system. Also dx with primary immune deficiency disease.
Ikea has some great bed risers, but only for twin, double, queen and king. There called Sultana lerback. both my babies have them.
Check with your
doctor first!