Legend has it that, as a newborn, Lionel Richie had such severe colic and reflux, that his parents had to hum repetitive sounds in his ears just to get him to close his eyes for a few moments each night. Those lullabies would one day inspire the hook to his famous record, "All Night Long," dedicated to the long nights he gave his parents as an infant.
Ok, so not true, I 100% made that up, but seriously here. I've sung this song in my head, and out loud, one too many times. It's no party to have a baby that can't keep things down. It's one thing to face the uncertainty of spitup in the light of the day, but reflux doesn't sleep - and sometimes neither do the babes.
Looking past the mental/physical strain that can affect you from lack of sleep...the few winks you may catch are anxiety-ridden.
Since my early days at home with my second child, I get sleep in short bursts of two different kinds. The first type is an anxious trance-like state where I hear every cough, snort or wheeze, wondering if it will be a spitup episode. So many nights I lay worried that he would spitup and choke, or be laying in spitup. The second type of sleep is a deep slumber brought upon only by total exhaustion, and always ends in a startling wake of panic. Heart racing, frantically checking the monitors and finding it hard to remember what I did earlier in the night, and if all kids and pets were fed and put safely to bed.
Enough about me (us). We can make it through. The real concern is giving the babies all the care possible to make them comfortable and give them the rest they need to thrive. Here are a few tips I've gathered from moms in the field and resources on the web:
Here are a few more advice articles:
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Yea, I went there. Nearly half of all babies spit up, regularly. Some more, some less, and for many it's just plain scary.
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