Acid reflux is one of the worst medical issues a baby can go through. It is also a terrible experience for parents to witness first hand and requires them to constantly be alert, aware and available for the baby’s safety. This sort of health condition is commonly known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD.
This is a huge challenge all guardians, caregivers and parents have to overcome to ensure the health and safety of the child. Travelling in particular is an immense hurdle especially when a GERD baby is joining you in your travels. To help you out here are a few tips to assist your baby and give yourself some time to relax:
Watch Out for Roadblocks
Certain babies simply cannot handle being seated in car seat, particularly when it comes to longer travels. A GERD baby on the other hand will find this even more irritating. This is because being on a car seat in itself could place excessive pressure on the stomach and cause some discomfort. You should expect some whimpering, or loud screams as a result of the child’s discomfort.
If your child happens to be in pre-school, please note that they may be more susceptible to motion sickness and begin feeling nauseous during the journey. Keep an adult near the baby or child at all times to help with the motion sickness and try to get children to travel on an empty stomach unless it is an extensive journey.
You need to come up with new ways to help your child get through the journey and enter into your destination. You could try out placing a tiny receiving blanket in the car seat to raise up the child’s hips and legs. This will make the child sit up straighter and put less pressure on the stomach. Have a Spewy wet bag bundle on board as they specialize in helping children that tend to spew out!
Having Spewys are great for reflux baby and will ensure a cleaner, less stressful journey. Choose to go on your travel journey during the night. Naptime is usually the best time to travel when your GERD baby has to join in. They will peacefully fall asleep and you will be able to reach your vacay spot with nothing more than a squeal of delight after arriving.
Go to a Spit Stop and Keep Safety a Priority
No, you didn’t read that wrong. What is usually known as a pit stop will turn into a spit stop during your travels. Get a baby mat to protect your car. You can even make stops to breakdown the car seat and get rid of any vomit that has been hurled in the vehicle.
Make sure you have everything you need to scrub all that upchuck out. Additionally, keep safety first. All the choking and vomiting can be highly distracting while driving. You need to have someone else with you to monitor the child at all times and they need to have quick reflexes to handle such a child.
Keep your baby safe and well during your travels, try out these tips and make your travels less of a hassle.