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Oct 04, 2011
poorhenry
Henry was born 5/12/11 at 5.8 lbs. A peanut, for sure. He was healthy and gaining weight steadily for first 6 weeks, then began refluxing through his nose. By 3 mos. he was projectile vomiting. Trying our 4th attempt at medication and desperate for a good night's sleep.
Is it reflux or sleep training?
Wondering now if my 4.5 old's sleep issues are reflux-related or if we just need to sleep train? He's up 4-5 times a night, not necessarily hungry, although I do nurse him typically 6 or 8 hours after his "bedtime" feeding. Most often he's consoled with the pacifier, but there are times, like last night, that he just screams, doesn't want the pacifier, doesn't need a diaper, too early to eat, etc. and I think reflux is to blame. Is it foolish to think we can even attempt sleep training when he's still struggling with reflux? And how do I know when the reflux is under control enough that we can begin to think about teaching him to put himself to sleep?
Oct 04, 2011
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
This is just my humble opinion.... Sleep training is for healthy happy babies. Not babies who are dealing with pain and health issues. GERD hurts.. and it really hurts at night when you are lying down trying to sleep. Just imagine puking in your mouth all night long. As far as how you will know when his reflux is under control.... Trust me.. you will know. It will be that noticeable.
Oct 05, 2011
dcd
I agree with VigilantMom 100%.
Oct 05, 2011
poorhenry
Henry was born 5/12/11 at 5.8 lbs. A peanut, for sure. He was healthy and gaining weight steadily for first 6 weeks, then began refluxing through his nose. By 3 mos. he was projectile vomiting. Trying our 4th attempt at medication and desperate for a good night's sleep.
Thanks. So good to hear. I have been beating myself up about not instilling better sleep habits yet. Everything else I read about sleep says nip it in the bud by 6 months or it's going to be that much harder. I guess I needed to hear that it's OK to keep going to him throughout the night while he's struggling with this. My other two had reflux, but their sleep was never disrupted; just lots of chucking and crying.
Oct 05, 2011
lorenzomama
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.
I would encourage you to stop reading anything about "typical" or "normal" baby sleep. A lot of it is misinformation even for totally healthy children, and all of it just goes right out the window for refluxers.
Oct 06, 2011
dcd
Again, I agree with LorenzoMama. All that crap about sleep training and it being harder the older the baby gets - it doesn't apply to babies with health issues. (I'm not sure it is even accurate for "normal" babies. Every baby is different.) Our reflux babies want to sleep but can't b/c they're in pain. Once I got my daughter's issues sorted out she turned into a great sleeper - and that didn't happen until she was about a year old. But even now, when she gets sick or is coming up on a milestone, the sleep is the first thing to go. I know how hard the lack of sleep is...it will get better. Keep at it - get his meds right, do your research, make sure you're not missing anything. It will get better.
Nov 06, 2011
kavyamom
I agree with all the above. Docs were even telling me to let my daughter CIO but I always knew that was wrong for my severe refluxer. Listen to your mommy instincts.
Check with your
doctor first!