11 Month Old with Acid Reflux Doesn't Sleep Through the Night

Updated on February 28, 2007
M.L. asks from Boynton Beach, FL
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Hi My 11 month old doesn't sleep through the night and its driving me crazy. He wakes up standing screaming at the top of his lungs at all hours of the night. I tried to just let him cry it out but he throws up. He has acid reflux and takes preacid. When I pick him up,(which I don't like to do but he is screaming standing up) he is okay but cries a little then falls asleep. He cries here and there through the night but goes back to sleep. Could it be the acid reflux or is he just spoiled? What is the best way to deal with this? All my husband wants to do is rock him and he can't do that.

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answers from Boca Raton on

Hi M., my 3 month old is the same way. She has reflux and I will be seeing a GI next week Tuesday for the first time. I can't wait. Anyway, in the mean while I found this fabulous web site that helps with any advice or problems that you may have. It is the greatest thing. I actually just wrote a post in the "sleeping" category about my baby not sleeping through the night and having her Crying it out. I think it would help you a lot. The moms on it are GREAT!!! Hope this helps, Lisa.


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answers from Orlando on

Hey M. my son is now 13 months and we are still going through it.He would sleep all through the night from 1 month and then it sopped at about 10 months. I'm hoping that this will all stop again. It will start as little wimpers then he will full out cry until he makes himself sick so I go and pick up. As soon as he feels me he will go right back to sleep so I lay with him for about 5 minutes then it's back to his crib.



answers from Naples on


My son had acid reflux when he was younger as well. he would do the same thing at night! My doctor said he may has some coming up while he is sleeping and it could cause a lot of discomfort! He was put on zantec I believe and that helped a lot!

good luck!



answers from Daytona Beach on

My son also has reflux. But he sleeps through the night now great. There was about two months that he didn't. But that was prior to me knowing what was wrong with him. He would scream and want to be held. Once I found out what it was and dealt with it then he now sleeps straight from 8pm to 6am. He does not take any medication. We put him on a special formula (Alimentum) and I put rice cereal in his bottle to help keep it down so it doesn't come up and burn him while laying down.

Another thing is that it helps if they sleep on their stomachs. I know people will rant and rave that it's not recommended but it's the only way my son can sleep. On his back he fusses and cries because it brings the liquid in his throat and burns him. I would recommend putting him on his stomach to sleep. You can also try elevating the head of his bed. Put something under the crib mattress to elevate it, that will stop the liquid from coming up.

If you try those things and he still cries at night then I'd say he's spoiled. How did I handle that with my daughter at 9 months old? I let her cry it out, use the Ferber method. Works like a charm!



answers from Fort Myers on

PLEASE don't let you baby CIO!!!!! I know it's hard but he has needs, meet them. They are only little once. I have no exp w/reflux but have you tried elevating his mattress? I truely believe you CAN NOT spoil a child that young so hold him close as long as he will let you, believe me soon he will not want it. My son didn't sleep through until 15mo. It will pass! Good luck!



answers from Port St. Lucie on

Hi M.
this stuff is so great and was such a godsend to me, my son had colic and acid reflux and didn't sleep for days at a time It was truly a miricle its called colicease and you can order it at www.colicease.com i have told so many people about this that i think i should be a spokesperson or paid a salary or something =) but seriously its all natural cinnimon tree oil ,peppermint bark caraway seed and stuff like that. you put a little in their bottle or juice and they even sell a binkie paci that dispenses it. after the 2nd dose my son was smiling and sleeping i went through the colic and reflux to where the dr tried to give him a heavy medicine, a sedative i found out, i threw in the garbage after the first dose b/c it scared the heck out of me because he was out of it.. the colicease, gripe water was so helpful i TOTALLY recommend it 110%
hope this help's let me know if you try it and def pass it on if it does. I wish someone told me sooner than when mine was 8mos old I wish you the best
My son is now 5 years old and im still raving about this stuff!!



answers from Fort Myers on

Hi M.,
My daughter is 3&1/2 but she has had reflux since she was 2wks old. Her refulx was very bad, I wont go into detail but I took her to the doc alot and they finally reffered her to a GI (needless to say im not w/ the same doc after all that!) but the GI put her on Zantac and and a over the counter med also. She had ALOT of acid and VERY uncomfortable all the time. I remember her not being able to sleep a long time either, different positons are hard for them. Do try to evalate his bed like the other response said, I did that and it seemed to help a bit. Also I put cereal in her bottle to thicken it so it would stay down better. If he is eating food, regulate how much he eats a time, and cut, cut cut it up :) Not all children grow out of it by the typical 6-9 months. My daugter still had it reguarlly at 2 I belive. Now its very rare, but still can flare up as I say. Good luck, and if you need anyone to talk to about it just write back! Happy T-day! :)



answers from Miami on

Try a website called www.babycenter.com and put search for Reflux they have some great things from parents and Doctors both. you will love this site. Good luck!! try the tips they tell you on this site. I am a ER nurse and I offten send my parents to this site for added help.



answers from Boca Raton on

M., not sure whether it is acid reflux. I would think by the age of 7-9 months kids outgrow that, but again i am not positive on this.
BUT, i do remmeber my kids before turning 1, the sleep pattern was ...well non existing. I absolutely rejected cry it out for so many reasons, mainly though because i did not have the heart to do that. I read so many books pro and con cry it out and they got me ever more confused. So I sucked it up, up to the point when it did not work anymore. Just couldn;'t go through waking up 5-6 times a night. Around the age of two (i have twins, one was a great sleep the other one was the crier), so, one night, i put the good sleeper to bed kissed and went out. not a peep. i went to the other one and put her in her bed kissed her good night and left. i came into my room turned on the baby monitor and heard her cry. my heart was breaking but unless her cry changed to i am hurting cry i had made up my mind not to go in. i didn't. she cried for 1 hr, or more. but i did not go in. i was told if you wanna to the CIO it will take a few nights to say the least. mine took one night. the next night i did the same thing and she cried for a minute or two and stopped. since then she just slept in her own.
i cannot tell you how much i regretted not doing this long time ago. it was the best thing for her and me. she is 28 months now and sleeps on her own. it's just great. just last night around 10 pm she started crying and i went in which i haven't done before and asked her what was wrong. she gave me this poutty look and didn't say anything. so i got her some water, she drank all of it (she was thirsty i guess) and then said nightey night i love you.
SOOOO bottom line is if it isn't acid reflux (which you might wanna have it checked just in case) then CIO might work for you. doesn't work for every parent and i don't want to start a debate here, i am just telling you my experience.
good luck to you



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