They have been lying him in a tilted bassinet to help lessen the reflux
My baby is due in four weeks time and we have a bassinet ready to use for the first few weeks. It isn`t possible to tilt the bed up so the baby will sleep flat. Some friends of ours just had a baby and he had mild reflux so the have been lying him in a tilted bassinet to help lessen the reflux. Should I try to find a way to prop the bassinet or will i need to get a special mattress or new cot if the baby has bad reflux?
Every baby is different, and while reflux does seem to be a common condition in babies, there is no guarantee that your baby will have it. Is there any particular reason why you are concerned about reflux? Is it just because your friends have experienced reflux, or is there something else?
My advice, if you do suspect your baby has reflux, is to talk to your doctor because other conditions can present similarly, and it is important for your doctor to make the diagnosis (or determine if there are any other issues). I also believe it is important to seek help as soon as possible. If reflux is diagnosed then your doctor and community child health nurse should be a good support for you, and there are also lots of management ideas on our website, at www.reflux.org.au
. It may take a bit of trial and error to get things under control, but the best advice I ever got was to trust my instincts and keep looking for answers.
You may also be interested to know that the latest research studies have shown no real benefit to elevating the head of the bed for infants who have reflux (it may be helpful in children over the age of 12 months though). As well, it can be a safety issue to elevating the head of the bed for a baby, particularly as no positional devices/aids are recommended (a SIDS and Kids recommendation). I found when I tried to elevate my own son’s bed (back in the days where elevating the head of the bed was recommended), not only did it not seem to help even if I got him to stay upright, it also caused problems as he would often wriggle so much he would end up sideways in the bed or upside down – which didn’t achieve a thing, or possibly made it worse.
Every baby is different, and there is no one treatment for reflux that works for every baby. If you do suspect reflux, please seek medical advice and don’t forget to look after yourself as well.
I hope that helps and I wish you all the best on the birth of your baby.