Our mother is worried because her 4 month old baby suffers from GERD and has visibly disturbed sleep. How to calm him down? Is the pacifier a good solution? Arnaud Fernandez, our pediatrician expert, answers him.
Mom’s question about infant gastroesophageal reflux disease:
My 4 month old baby has never slept through the night and has GERD. At 10 p.m., he takes his bottle, goes back to bed and then wakes up every hour from 2 a.m. He does not calm down until he is given the pacifier. I wanted to know if I was right to give him his lollipop, or if I had better let him cry? Thank you !
The response from our pediatrician expert Arnaud Fernandez De Peretti:
It is necessary to differentiate the so-called physiological reflux – that is to say normally present in all babies – from pathological reflux causing oesophageal burns and capable of altering the quality of his sleep or his diet. When it comes to your little baby, it is not unusual for sleep at this age to be intermittent. It is important to have your baby checked by the pediatrician, once a month minimum, in order to tolerate this sleep disorder without worry. For the pacifier, if it works, why so much questioning? I try not to be dogmatic in this area of childcare. Thus, a baby soothed by the pacifier signs a need for orality and giving it allows him to solicit his self-soothing capacities. Keep up the momentum!