What are some tips for helping a reflux infant?
I'm a nanny and am about to start working for a new family. They have a beautiful 6 month old, and I'm super excited. They told me that their baby has mild reflux, which mainly comes to play with feeding (he can only take about 2 oz of formula at a time). I've cared for many infants, but this is my first reflux baby, and I would love some tips from parents/nannies who've been there. Is there anything I can do to keep him more comfortable? I'm aware that he'll need to be mostly upright while feeding (he doesn't breastfeed at all - just the bottle), but is there a way to do that while still maintaining the intimacy of nursing? Right now, his parents are feeding him every 3 hours (although, according to them, each feeding is a long process, since he can only take a couple of ounces at a time). Is it better to space feedings closer together - maybe every 1.5 hours - since Baby can't take much at a time? He's also starting solids - any tips in that department? What about sleeping? Right now, he sleeps 12 hours every night, with a few short naps every day. His parents said that his naps have increased in length (from about 30 minutes to 1 hr) ever since they tilted his bed (which makes sense). Is there anything else we can do that might help him nap better?
I'm an experienced nanny (this is my 16th baby!), but I'm new in the particular department. I would welcome any tips from people who have experience in this area. Thank you so much.