New Product Drives a Wedge Between Infants and Reflux

A product's improved design promises to help babies rest

By Kim Fischer
|  Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010  |  Updated 10:14 AM CDT
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One out of five infants in the U.S. is diagnosed with reflux. And if you have a child with it, you know it can lead to sleepless nights for both you and your baby.

A group of North Texans have improved on a design to help colicky babies rest that doctors at Methodist Health System in Dallas said is working. Some of North Texas’s tiniest patients can be found in the hospital’s neo-natal intensive care unit, many of whom have problems with feeding, respiratory issues and a condition called gastroesophageal reflux, said the hospital’s N.I.C.U. medical director, Dr. Harold Kolni.

Kolni said when those things occur he prescribes a wedge. The creators of the RES-Q infant wedge said it’s different from those in the past.

"Really, the wedges that were out there were just basic triangular shaped, not meeting the needs of the baby and causing orthopedic issues," said co-creator Rozlyn Troop.

Troop, her husband and Robynne Elkin improved the design of the original wedge. They made it reversible so the baby can lie on his stomach or back, and the design is orthopedically correct for infants.

Doctors at Methodist said they’ve seen the RES-Q Infant Wedge make a difference in the lives of their tiniest patients, and troop said that's the whole idea.

"If babies can go home early, sleep, be happy, parents are sleeping, everybody's happy, so that's our goal," Troop said.

Doctors said the wedge can also be used at home, which means the baby can leave the hospital faster, saving many families thousands of dollars.

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