Reflux Management

  • Prop up the cot on bricks?

    Prop up the cot on bricks?

    Would you be surprised to know that lifting the cot legs 6 inches (3 house bricks/about 9 books) only gives you 6 degrees of incline? One of the most common questions we get asked is: …can’t I just stick some books or bricks under the cot legs? Doesn’t this do the same job…? The answer is [...]
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  • George’s story

    George’s story

    This is George’s Story. George was born in May, four weeks premature. I understand that this made him more likely to get reflux, in addition one of his cousins had had unproblematic reflux as a baby. George started to make very strange noises in the night at about 4 weeks, and suddenly stopped settling after [...]
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  • Rob & Suzanne’s Story

    Rob & Suzanne’s Story

    I have two gorgeous sons and I wouldn’t change them for the world but life has been fairly traumatic since they arrived. Our eldest son had stomach surgery at 3weeks old – his reflux was so bad the paediatricians thought he had a more serious medical condition and sent us to London for emergency surgery. [...]
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  • Willow’s Story

    Willow’s Story

    March 2007, Basingstoke, England “It can’t be morning; we’ve only just gone to bed!” Does this sound familiar? Maybe if you are a parent with a new baby. In our case, we were parents for the third time, but this time our 6 week old daughter Willow, was diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux/GOR for short, most [...]
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  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)

    Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)

    CDH is the abbreviated name for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. ‘Congenital’ means born with , ‘Diaphragmatic’ means of or affecting the diaphragm; which is a thin sheet of muscle that helps us to breath and keeps our chest and stomach contents separate. ‘Hernia’ is a general term used to describe a ‘bulge’ or ‘protrusion’ of an [...]
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  • Music and noise helps your baby to be calm

    Music and noise helps your baby to be calm

    It is a well-established view that music is beneficial for our mental and emotional development, even in the womb. Music is also a great way to help distract a fractious baby and help them to drift off to sleep. White noise is also very similar to womb sounds such as your heart beating, blood flowing, [...]
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  • Sleeping through the night.

    Sleeping through the night.

    Here’s something that may really surprise you: as much as we may want our babies to sleep through the night, our own subconscious emotions sometimes hold us back from encouraging change in our babies’ sleeping habits. You yourself may be the very obstacle preventing a change in a routine that disrupts your life. So let’s [...]
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    I LOVE Christmas with children. It is full of joy and laughter….But what I especially love about the festive season is that you get to break all the rules and blame it on Christmas. This year was our first as a family of four and I did not want it to end. Seriously. EVER. Because I knew once it [...]
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  • Sleep Clues – Dream or Deep Sleep?

    Sleep Clues – Dream or Deep Sleep?

    Sleep is divided into two different states which alternate through the night: Dream Sleep sometimes referred to as REM (rapid eye movement) and Deep Sleep. As we pass from one state to the other, we often wake, roll over and go back to sleep, totally unaware that we have woken at all. This is because [...]
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  • Waking for night feedings.

    Waking for night feedings.

    Many paediatricians recommend that parents shouldn’t let a newborn sleep longer than three or four hours without feeding, and the vast majority of babies wake far more frequently than that. (There are a few exceptional babies who can go longer.) No matter what, your baby will wake up during the night. The key is to [...]
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  • Freya’s Story

    Freya’s Story

    I’m mum to a non refluxer 15 year old son Kieran. Decided to try for a baby with my second husband, delighted to fall pregnant very quickly. Delivered a healthy daughter, Freya, weighing a good 10lbs 9oz!. Seemingly well we left hospital after 24 hours. Rapidly discovered all was not right with darling daughter shortly [...]
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  • Peter’s Story

    Peter’s Story

    In September 2007, I gave birth 4 weeks early to non-identical twin boys. Whilst initially both boys seemed to feed well on formula (I had decided I wouldn’t try and breast feed twins this time as I had with my eldest son) and were helped by having been born at good weights (both just over [...]
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