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Gaining a Better Understanding of GERD

We were at the height of dealing with my son’s acid reflux when his speech therapist said to me, “It’s a monster.” Acid reflux is a monster. That describes it perfectly. It’s constantly lurking after a meal ready and waiting to attack. Before its onset, I can see the fear of impending doom on my son’s […]

Sleep Awareness for Preemie Parents

It’s a huge relief to finally have your baby home from the NICU, but there can be anxiety leaving the dedicated staff and reliable monitors behind. If you are arriving home without equipment, it can be extremely frightening to allow your baby to sleep without standing there staring right at him/her. Our first night home, I decided that I would just never sleep again. Period. Eventually my body gave out and after a few nights of trying, I realized that my baby was doing just fine without me. For the record, the NICU follows specific standards set by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to ensure that your baby is capable of sleeping/breathing consistently before they are discharged. [Read more]

So your preemie has GERD. Now What?!?

I’m sure by now you know the sinking feeling you get when other moms come at you with the “my baby had reflux too” stories. First, I want you to know that you’re not alone. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is one of the most common problems that a preemie can have. It’s often misunderstood and […]

Meeting Sun & Sand with a Sensory-Challenged Preemie

Kellan loves to be outside but has severe sensory issues, as preemies often times do. The sun hurts his big blue eyes, the grass bothers his hands and feet, high pitched sounds seem to distract him, and the heat gets to him far faster than most babies. He’s 16 months old and not walking yet, so he has to crawl everywhere to get anywhere. Texture and location are two of my biggest concerns when considering activities for him. But it’s time for some summer fun and I want to give my little guy as much of an opportunity to get out there as the next little one. [Read more]

Is it Colic, Reflux, GERD? What is Wrong with this Baby’s Belly?

My little guy will not eat, is cranky and spits up all the time. I’ve pulled out all the “mom” tricks out of my bag (and the hair out of my head). I don’t know if it’s colic, reflux or GERD!  Here are some definitions of the three, a valuable parent’s checklist and video to […]