Tips to Help Your Baby with Reflux
Question: My 2-month-old daughter is constantly spitting up through her nose and mouth at the same time. I have her sleeping in a rock and play on an incline, should I be transitioning her to a flat surface to help with her reflux? I’m just very concerned with choking.
Answer: Thank you for submitting your question, and I’m sorry to hear about the trouble your little one is having. Many babies have a form of reflux and eventually grow out of it around 9-months-old. The good news is, there are tools and tips to help her with this in the meantime. For your baby, one change you can make is to stop using the semi-sitting position (like in the rock-and-play) for long periods of time. Some sitting positions can actually increase reflux in some infants. Keep your baby semi-upright, especially during feedings in an attempt to reduce the spit up and see if that helps. After her feeding, cuddle with your baby upright or wear her upright in a baby sling or baby carrier for at least 30 minutes.
The best sleeping tips for reflux in your baby is to not have her sleep on a horizontal flat surface. Babies with severe reflux sleep best on their stomach and propped up at a 30-degree angle by elevating the head of the crib. Discuss with your doctor whether the reflux is severe enough to warrant tummy sleeping. If your baby will be sleeping in your bed, try placing her on a reflux wedge. (Babies without severe reflux should always be put down to sleep on their backs).