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Babies suffering from reflux often experience pain and discomfort due to the stomach acid that is pushed back up into their esophagus - it's definitely not pleasant for your little one and it can be very distressing for parents.
If you’re looking for ways to help your little one, getting a bouncer might be the answer! Read on to find out how this little piece of equipment can help ease baby reflux and make your life a bit easier. Phew 😀
What Is Baby Reflux?
Before we dive into how a bouncer can help with baby reflux, let’s first talk about what it is!
Reflux occurs when stomach contents—including food particles and acid—are pushed back up through the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) instead of passing through normally. This can cause symptoms such as vomiting or spitting up, pain, and crying or fussing during or after feedings.
Reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux (GER), is a common condition in babies where stomach contents such as milk, partially digested food, or liquid come back up into the esophagus.
Babies with reflux may experience abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, coughing, and spitting up. The most serious complication of reflux is aspiration pneumonia which can occur when stomach contents are inhaled into the lungs. It can also cause poor growth and difficulty sleeping in babies.
Some medical treatments for reflux include medications, lifestyle changes such as positioning baby upright after feedings, thickening feeds with cereal, and surgery if needed.
Do Bouncer Chairs Help With Reflux?
The short answer is yes—bouncer chairs may provide some relief for babies suffering from baby reflux.
Babies who experience reflux have trouble digesting milk in a seated position; this is why many doctors will recommend placing them in an upright position after feeding them. Sitting in an upright position can help reduce the amount of acid that backs up into the esophagus and thus helps ease any discomfort they may be feeling from the condition.
A bouncer chair allows babies to remain in an upright position while still being comfortable and secure.
The Benefits of Having a Bouncer
A bouncer is an invaluable tool when it comes to helping babies suffering from reflux because it helps them stay in an upright position while they digest their meals.
Not only does this alleviate some of the symptoms associated with baby reflux, but it also allows them to practice head control and balance, which helps build strength in their core muscles.
Further benefits include:
- Gives Babies a Sense of Security: Placing a baby in a bouncer provides them with an enclosed and secure environment, which can make them feel safe and comfortable.
- Improves digestion: A baby bouncer can help improve babies' digestion by rocking them gently, relieving gas and colic pain.
- Helps With Brain Development: The gentle motion of a baby bouncer stimulates the development of the muscles as well as their coordination, balance, and visual stimulation.
- Strengthens Muscles: The swinging motion of a baby bouncer helps to strengthen babies' arm muscles, legs and neck.
- Encourages Relaxation: A baby bouncer helps babies relax by providing the soothing rocking motion that mimics the movement they felt while inside the womb.
- Reduces Colic: The bouncing motion of a baby bouncer can reduce colic since it encourages babies to pass gas or burp more easily and quickly which can relieve abdominal discomfort caused by trapped air in their belly.
- Helps With Bonding: Sitting with your baby in a soothing rocking chair or placing them in a baby bouncer is a great opportunity for parents to bond with their children through eye contact, physical touch, and conversation as it encourages interaction between parents and child during playtime or meals.
- Enhances Motor Skill Development: Baby bouncers provide stimulation by giving babies freedom to move; this helps enhance motor skill development such as reaching out for objects or rolling over while being held upright in the seat (with assistance).
- Teaches Self Soothing Techniques: Baby bouncers provide babies with an independent tool to soothe themselves when needed; this is especially helpful for parents who are not able to be available for comforting their children at all times due to work or other commitments outside their home environment but still want their kids comforted nevertheless - encouraging self-soothing skills is beneficial for both parents AND children!
- Enhances Socialization Skills: Sitting in a baby rocker also helps strengthen babies' bonding with other people such as siblings, family members visiting from afar, friends coming over for playdates etc., boosting social interactions among peers thus positively influencing cognitive growth and development overall!
Additionally, bouncers are great for keeping babies entertained while they are awake and alert; many models come equipped with features like music, lights, toys, and more!
The Bababing Float Baby Bouncer
Can a bouncer really help with baby reflux?
Introducing the ‘NEW’ Float Baby Bouncer that has been designed by the team at BabaBing!
The Float Baby Bouncer is a beautifully designed contemporary baby bouncer that is simple in design yet still functions and entertains your child whilst helping with the symptoms of baby reflux.
Being lightweight (Approx. 1.00Kg) allows the parent or guardian to move the baby bouncer chair from room to room without any difficulty. The design of the Float Bouncer is such that the bouncer chair is well proportioned in order to allow the parent to handle the bouncer without any difficulty, yet still allowing their child to sit comfortably and securely in the bouncer seat whilst being entertained with the ‘exclusive’ BabaBing! soft toys.
(Note: DO NOT transfer bouncers from room to room whilst the child is in the baby bouncer seat).
Final Thoughts - Just Do It!
Having a bouncer also gives parents peace of mind by providing them with a safe spot for their baby to sit while they take care of other chores around the house!
It’s always good practice to keep an eye on your little one while they’re in the bouncer but having one allows parents to feel secure knowing that there is something sturdy between their baby and potential danger.
So if your little one has been struggling with reflux lately, don't forget to give them some extra cuddles – and maybe try out a bouncer chair too!