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Anna Khoh

My 10 week old has reflux and cannot sleep on his back. Please advise what we should do to provide a safe sleep environment for him when it’s impossible for him to sleep on his back. Many thanks.

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Posted a response on 22/7/19

Red Nose Australia

Hi Anna,

Thank you for contacting Red Nose with your question.

Red Nose recommends that the safest position to place baby for sleep is on their back & flat.
- Has your Paediatrician recommended that you sleep baby in any position other than on back?
- How has your baby been sleeping up till now?
- Is he having difficulty sleeping for all sleeps?
- Is he on medication?

Red Nose has a comprehensive information statement on sleeping position for babies with Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux. (GOR)

This includes the following:

Sleeping baby on the back provides airway protection.
The back sleeping position is safer for babies with GOR as babies can protect their airways when placed on the back compared with babies placed to sleep on the tummy or side
The tummy or side positions should not be used for babies including those with GOR or GORD unless parents are advised in writing by the child’s medical practitioner.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that the back sleeping position be recommended in the treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux for mild to moderate cases.
The tummy and side sleeping positions significantly increase the risk of sudden infant death for babies under six months of age
Let me know if you have further questions.


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