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Tucker Sling:
designed by a parent of affected children, this handy product comes in sizes from premie infant [2 to 30 pound] to adult [special ordered; online]. Its design allows infants to adults to be elevated with the mattress itself inclined to the exact degree your doctor orders. The Sling fits around the upper part of the mattress like a contour sheet, except that it covers more like a toaster cover covers the toaster – so it doesn’t slip off.

Depending from the top is a somewhat-diaper shaped section which goes between the legs, comfortably, and velcros around the waist, with a soft safety belt on some models. It is adjustable for growth. Materials and colors vary; all are comfortable. One extra benefit of the Sling for infants is the apparent soothing effect of its “holding” quality. While most babies should sleep on their backs [supine], some pediatricians order reflux babies to sleep on their stomachs. There may be discounts; Most major medical insurance reimburses for this product if ordered by your physician. Discounts may be offered: ask about it if you do not have coverage. To check our or order the Tucker Sling, go to http://www.tuckersling.com/

Elevation -Wedge: for infants. The Tucker Sling can be purchased with a special wedge which allows total incline. CAUTION: it is dangerous to elevate an infant or child’s bed without ensuring that the infant or child will not slide down, possibly incurring injury.


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Elevation: According to various contributors, your own bed can be elevated in various ways, including the use of several rows of bricks laid end to end the entire width of your bed, with a strong, wide board on top of them. You can also edge the board on both sides, or carefully measure the legs of your bed and use 2 strong smaller boards to box the legs in. This allows you to put the legs of your bed on the board, being careful to ensure that there is no slippage, thus ensuring a direct plane of elevation.

Environmental stimuli: Some parents have reported positive results from using baby tapes with a strong, steady heartbeat, throughout the infant’s sleep. This could be effective as a result of keying the baby’s own heart rate by the external sounds, similar to mom’s gestating heart beats to which infants are accustomed. Just as a steady drum beat allows one to keep in step, and often creates an impulse to do just that, the steady heart beat may allow an unconscious tuning of the baby’s cardiac responses. Since many dysautonomic children appear to be field dependent,” this would not be out of the realm of possibility.

Cardiorespiratory monitoring or an alternative therapy is medically indicated for certain groups of infants at high risk for sudden death. Monitors cannot save an infant’s life. However, monitors can notify parents that a life-threatening event is occurring, and give them the opportunity to reduce the possibility of death from that event. Some parents have reported resuscitating an infant by carefully inverting the baby, then bringing the baby back to an upright position. Some have given CPR. Some parents are provided with medications like belladonna tincture, which stimulates the vagal system and seems to effectively combat the symptoms.