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“The bot­tom line is to

man­age the re­flux,” says Ali­son. “If

it’s se­vere, you need to con­sult a health

pro­fes­sional. But there are steps you

can take to al­le­vi­ate a less se­vere prob­lem.

First, el­e­vate the head end of

your baby’s crib or cot slightly – for

now, just place a book un­der each of two

head-end legs. When he’s sleep­ing

at this slight an­gle, grav­ity makes it

harder for the liq­uid to flow up his throat.

Re­mem­ber that he still needs to be

laid with his feet at the foot of the

cot.” Be­ing sure to keep your

baby upright for 15 min­utes

af­ter a feed will also help. Once he’s

had enough and stops suck­ing, liq­uid

stops go­ing down to his stom­ach. His

stom­ach valve tight­ens, the stom­ach

stops pro­duc­ing ex­tra acid for

di­ges­tion – and over the next quar­ter

of an hour, ev­ery­thing calms

down. This doesn’t guar­an­tee that

he won’t get re­flux, but it can lessen

the chances.

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