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Nov 24, 2010
My son Levi is 13 weeks old. We figured out he has reflux @ 2 weeks. We have tried 4 different formuls (Currently Neocate) and he is taking Pepcid, Prevacid, Mylanta, Grip Water
Random Parenting question!
Okay so its not soo random but i just want an opinion from you guys. My LO is 5 months old. He had GERD, MSPI and DiGeorge Syndrome. Everyone keeps telling me that i need to let him CIO (Cry it out) at night. I feel horrible because i cant tell if its reflux pain or not sometimes. Do you or have you done the Cry it Out method with your GERD babies? People seriously think im crazy for not doing it and i was just wondering what you guys do?
Nov 24, 2010
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:
We didn't do CIO and by the time Jedd was 14ish months old he was sleeping through the night. It would have been much much earlier had he not been vomiting at night ude to pump feeds.

The pump for feeding on the other hand, woke me up at least twice a night......LOL

We just couldn't do CIO Jedd would puke after a few minutes. and he needed all the cals he could muster.

We just had a really good set routine from very early as we had to go by the pump time needs. I also couldn't take him out even if I wanted to as he was attached to the pump under the bumper.

If you do, I was start in 5 min incriments and see how it goes. We also had one of those fish aquarium thingys hanging on the end of the crib we would use each night.

Nov 24, 2010
My "gut" instinct no pun intended but don't do it. We as moms know what is best for our children if its our first or seventh which i only have two but we know. The family loves you guys and means well but who is there at 3am when NOBODY is sleeping. I would go on a bus ride if i had to and take the longest one if it meant my child was content and resting. I am giving this advice from a bf baby 11 yrs ago who didnt sleep. My child with all the issues was somehow amazing and slept from seven weeks but i feel tremendous guilt because she had so many things wrong yet i didnt know!! Please go with your heart. The heart never seems to be wrong. Love, hold, love, hold, oh and love and hold they need us!!!!
Nov 26, 2010
My opinion based on my own recent struggle with this same thing is to follow your instincts. Don't listen to others who don't know what it's like. It sounds like you and your son are not ready to me. As a mom, you WILL know when the time is right. I could never let my daughter cry until I felt confident her issues were under control. Most of the time, that meant getting up 5 to 10 times per night. But I could just tell, something was WRONG. She didn't want attention, she wasn't spoiled, it wasn't that she didn't know how to put herself back to sleep. The *wanted* to sleep. It was that something was hurting her. It took me a long time to get it figured out but, but once we swtiched to Neocate and added allergy meds to her Prevacid she started sleeping. Because of her history of disturbed sleep, she still sometimes wakes at night. Sometimes she will cry, sometimes she will just "talk" to herself. But I am tuned in to my kid and I can tell the difference between what she was doing before - waking because she was in pain - and what she sometimes does now - waking out of habit. Now, I feel comfortable letting her cry for a little while. And she is gradually learning to sleep normally. At this point she often sleeps through the night. If she doesn't, she usually only wakes up once to eat.

I questioned myself a lot those first eight months. I often wondered if, as a first time mom, I just had it all wrong. But something inside me knew this wasn't normal baby stuff. I am so glad I listened to my instincts. If you can't tell for sure what's bothering him, I would err on the side of caution and assume it's the reflux and not let him cry. I really think you will know when he's feeling better and when you can start letting go a litte.

Nov 29, 2010
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.
IMHO reflux kids are crying from pain, not seperation...we did not do CIO, but luckily the one thing Z did really well was sleep. If I left him to CIO I'd have been cleaning up puke every thank you. What we DID do was to calm him as best as possible...and often I would bring him into the livingroom, put him in the swing and turn on the tv...he was usually back out quickly...then I'd take him back to the crib...or sometimes he'd spend the night in the harm, no foul.
Mar 05, 2011
Babies with reflux cry because they are in pain and need comfort. According to Dr Sears a baby with reflux should NEVER be left to CIO. Crying presses air into the stomach which makes the reflux worse = more crying. I never did CIO with my daugher and she sleeps really well, in spite of having severe GERD. The first year I co-slept with her and then I moved her into a mattress on the floor in her own room. I will lay down next to her until she falls asleep (this is such a wonderful time of the day for me, she is super snuggly and cute and it's nice for me to know that she is falling asleep feeling secure and loved) and then get up and she continues to sleep on her own. If she wakes up at night I go in and lay down next to her until she goes back to sleep, but it rarely happens any more. There are so many different ways to get your baby to sleep other than the CIO method, so please, listen to your instinct and use a gentler method.
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