Baby Reflux Wedge - Helping Your Baby Cope With Acid Reflux

Parents will sometimes use pillows or blankets to prop up the mattress for an infant sleeping in a bassinet or Moses basket, but those methods can be unreliable and as the baby grows and/or the reflux worsens it can get more difficult to achieve this propped position.

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baby reflux wedge is a soft device that holds a baby in an upwards position so it is more difficult for milk or other liquids/food to travel back up from the stomach into the throat and chest. Reflux in babies is caused by their milk going up the wrong direction, giving them heartburn that can be incredibly painful. If you have ever suffered from the burn of heartburn, you know how it could be excruciating to endure for a small baby.


There is no outright cure for reflux in babies other than growth and time. This makes it one of the most difficult medical conditions for parents and babies to live through. Babies will typically cry or act out with grunts and whimpers of pain and displeasure. Parents will often spend long nights and hours a day cuddling, walking, rocking and spending time with babies who are suffering with active reflux.


The Best Solutions


The best solution is to keep the baby in an upright position, especially when they are sleeping and right after feeding them. It is recommended that the top of their body be elevated with the head above the belly. The more upright they can sleep without interfering with their rest the better.


Parents will sometimes use pillows or blankets to prop up the mattress for an infant sleeping in a bassinet or Moses basket, but those methods can be unreliable and as the baby grows and/or the reflux worsens it can get more difficult to achieve this propped position.


When sleeping in a crib, the mattress can be more difficult to get propped adequately because it is so much bigger than the thin mattresses in bassinets and baskets. This is when some parents will use a baby reflex wedge to hold their baby up at the proper degree to reduce if not eliminate reflux while they sleep.


There are some creative ideas out there about using books and other sturdy objects to prop up crib mattresses as needed, but not all parents are comfortable with that. There is also the option of having young babies sleep in their car seats, since that is a safe, comfortable spot they are familiar with but which is fairly upright.


Whether you use a baby reflex wedge or not depends on how severely your baby is suffering and what other measures you can take to keep them sleeping at a 30% angle or more. If your baby is experiencing a lot of pain, it doesn't hurt to look into a baby reflux wedge to give them some relief. You may find that it is the safest, easiest option to keep your baby up at an angle so they experience less reflux, and thus much less pain.


By Dianna Yvonne Smith