Parenting Podcast – Episode 59: Reflux and Baby Sleep with Melissa Griffing from Rested Roots
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About today’s guest:
My name is Melissa and I wear many hats. I am a mom, military wife, sleep consultant, parent coach, and child therapist. I decided I needed to start this business because I was seeing my school-aged therapy clients experience sleep disturbances. Come to find out they were never good sleepers, even as babies. I was simultaneously experiencing my own infant not sleeping! As positive mental health and proper development is a driving motivator for me, I decided I needed to become a certified sleep consultant. Sleep is the foundation for everything we do. It is so important for proper development, brain growth, and body growth. I am so excited to be offering this piece of the parenting puzzle to families.
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1. What is reflux?
2. What are the signs of Reflux in Babies?
3. How common is Reflux?
4. How does reflux interfere with sleep?
5. How can you help your baby sleep with reflux?
-Holding upright for 20-30 mins after eating
-Burping after so many oz or between breasts
6. Should you change their sleeping positions for reflux?
-Some parents think that sleeping at an incline can help but the AAP states that it is not effective in reducing reflux. (1)
-Others believe sleeping on their back might cause choking on spit up (and AAP also debunks this) (2)
7. Are there certain positions that can make reflux worse?
8. Is it okay to start sleep training a baby with reflux?
(1)”Elevating the head of the infant’s crib is ineffective in reducing gastroesophageal reflux12 and is not recommended; in addition, elevating the head of the crib may result in the infant sliding to the foot of the crib into a position that may compromise respiration.”
(2) “The supine sleep position does not increase the risk of choking and aspiration in infants, even those with gastroesophageal reflux, because infants have airway anatomy and mechanisms that protect against aspiration.9,10 The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concurs with the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition that “the risk of SIDS outweighs the benefit of prone or lateral sleep position on GER [gastroesophageal reflux]; therefore, in most infants from birth to 12 months of age, supine positioning during sleep is recommended.”
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