Reflux, Flathead & Laryngomalacia

The Snuggle Pod and Reflux

Every mom and dad knows the story... you've just had a pleasant feeding with your new little one and he or she has settled down for a nice rest, when the cries start up! Your once happy, relaxed baby is now in real pain and is not having the kind of post-feeding experience you would hope for!

Many little ones suffer from gastroesophageal reflux after feeding. Most often reflux manifests in pain from gas bubbles and is accompanied by spitting up. In severe cases- known as gastroesophageal reflux disease- an infant can manifest severe secondary symptoms like weight loss and respiratory disorders.

Chibebe Snuggle Pods have been reported by carers to be a great way to alleviate and prevent reflux symptoms. The Snuggle Pod is designed to be flexible and respond to you and your baby's needs – post-feeding, just adjust the position of the beans to allow your baby to sit with his or her head in a more elevated position. By keeping your little one's head elevated, the pod has been credited by carers to significantly reduce the symptoms of infant reflux and make sure that your little one has the kind of restful and healthful feeding experience that allows him or her to grow and flourish.

The Snuggle Pod and Flathead

Flathead is a medical condition – more formally known as positional plagiocephaly- in which an infant develops a significant flattening at the back of the head or on the side of the head. The condition is most often the result of lying on certain surfaces for prolonged periods of time.

Occurrences of Flathead have increased significantly in recent years due to physician guidelines on the positioning of sleeping infants. Since the majority of practitioners advise safe sleeping on the back, more infants have been developing flat head as a result of spending a large amount of time on their backs on flat crib surfaces.

Chibebe Snuggle Pods have been reported by those who care for babies, to make a significant difference in preventing the development of Flat head. By nestling an infant on a flexible surface that also keeps pressure off the head by keeping it slightly elevated, Chibebe Snuggle Pods are reported by carers to prevent flat head in babies. the Pods bean bag design allows it to respond to a child's form, instead of forcing the child to adjust to the pod itself. Chibebe Snuggle Pods are more than just a pretty place to chill!

The Snuggle Pod and Laryngomalacia

Laryngomalacia (LM) is a disorder of the larynx in infants that can cause respiratory and, at times, associated feeding difficulties. The causes of laryngomalacia have not been cornered, some evidence suggests there may be a genetic link.

Infants with laryngomalacia will often present with inspiratory stridor, a sort of wheezing or high-pitched squeak that occurs during breathing. While in rare cases surgery is needed, most cases of laryngomalacia are healed through rest and time. A particularly helpful practice is avoiding gastroesophageal reflux in children with laryngomalacia; children with laryngomalacia who experience associated digestive issues like reflux can exacerbate the condition and even experience additional collapse of the larynx.

This is where Chibebe Snuggle Pods come in. The Chibebe Snuggle Pod has been designed to significantly alleviate reflux and make a huge difference to a child with laryngomalacia. With this in mind, we are committed to raising awareness of this disorder and supporting all the parents and babies suffering from this condition. We support the organization Coping With Laryngomalacia in its efforts to improve the lives and conditions of children suffering from this condition.

If you live in the USA, and your baby has LM, Tracheomalacia (TM) or Bronchomalacia (BM), and you would like to benefit from the Chibebe Snuggle Pod program to ease their discomfort, please visit CWL here.

Please note that Chibebe do not accept the above mentioned requests through the Chibebe website. You must visit the CWL site for any enquiries relating to the Snuggle Pod Program held with CWL.