Infant Reflux Wedge, Custom Made
What is it?
The reflux wedge is a positioning device to help keep an infant with Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) or Colic in a more upright position. Gastroesophageal reflux is the return of the stomach contents up to the esophagus.
Its purpose is to keep an infant with reflux in an upright position especially after feeding. Some babies who have difficulties sleeping due to reflux may also benefit from sleeping on a wedge. Babies can still be swaddled in the wedge. Babies are usually positioned in supine (on their back) position but some babies can be positioned on their side as well. Modifications to promote a more symmetrical head position can also be made.
The wedge is custom made out of medical grade open cell foam and is polyurethane-free. The reflux wedge has two lateral foam pieces to keep the baby from sliding down and has a small foam seat. There are also 2 Velfoam straps to keep a baby secure.
How does it help my baby?
- Keeps them more upright, using gravity to help keep the stomach contents from coming up.
- Keeps babies more comfortable during sleep while keeping the trunk from being bent.
What can I expect during my initial visit?
- The occupational therapist will gather information about your baby’s condition and your concerns.
- After measuring your baby, a custom reflux wedge will be fabricated which you can take home at the end of the visit with instructions on its use.
- You may also be given suggestions for other positioning or how to modify positions during and after feeding, car seat positioning, suggestions for holding and carrying your baby and diapering.
We will check-in with you within a week of your appointment to see how the wedge is working for you and your baby. If you are having any difficulties or modifications need to be made we will have you come in again to meet with us.
Is my reflux wedge covered by my insurance plan?
- Insurance reimbursement for wedges are variable depending upon the plan.
- Some will reimburse for the time to make the wedge and it may be your responsibility to pay for the foam materials.
- Others may reimburse for the wedge and its fabrication. Some will not cover either.
- We will help you navigate this process.