So baby Jonathan is definitely struggling with silent reflux. I posted a few weeks ago about getting his reflux diagnosed, and I was pretty apprehensive about how it would affect him (and us!) because of our experience with Owen. Jonathan will be 3 months old next week, and last week at the pediatrician, he was still in the 50th percentile for weight! He continues to have a good appetite overall, even though his feedings are definitely affected by the reflux (mainly choking and not being able to eat much at a time).
The other big issue has been positioning. Owen was a really happy baby considering how much reflux he had. Jonathan, on the other hand, has been more demanding. From the beginning, he absolutely hated his bouncy seat. It seemed to cause him actual pain, and the feeding specialist that we have worked with said that that position does in fact cause more reflux. I can’t lay him flat on his back because he spits up every time in that position, so I was left with either holding him or putting him in the swing. Our feeding specialist recommended the Res-Q Wedge, and I must admit, I was less than enthusiastic after seeing the price tag! However, I decided that I could not hold Jonathan 24/7, so I bit the bullet and ordered one.
We LOVE it!!!
By the way, I am not getting any sort of payment for recommending this product – I just really love it and want to let other parents of refluxers know about this option!
The whole wedge can be flipped over, and Jonathan can be in it on his tummy on the other side. Babies can sleep in it in either the back position or tummy position, but Jonathan sleeps so well in his crib that we are leaving well enough alone. It is nice to be able to do “tummy time” with him and not cause him to spit up, though!
This wedge is specially designed by medical professionals and is a class 1 medical device. Most insurance plans will pay for it. Ours doesn’t because my husband’s company specifically opted out of that coverage. Oh well, it’s money well spent!