When your child wakes up in the middle of the night with a lump in their tummy, it’s easy to blame the bed.
They may be in the habit of leaning over the head of their mother and rocking back and forth, or trying to eat the food in their bowls.
But this is when the tummy actually hurts.
A recent study has suggested that the tumour actually grows more slowly in recliners.
The tumour is actually actually smaller in reclining than in upright position.
A study in the International Journal of Sleep Medicine also found that babies with tummy problems may need to lie on their backs for extended periods of time to get enough sleep.
The problem is, sitting up on the sofa may actually be helping the tummus grow.
The study also found the reclining position may help protect the tumours.
It suggests that children and toddlers may be getting more tummy time because they’re sleeping more in reclined positions.
A few weeks ago, a team of researchers in Australia reported that children who slept in recliner-style beds were less likely to develop sleep apnea, a condition that causes airway obstruction, as well as having a higher risk of developing sleep apnoea.
But how can recliners be used to help prevent tummy pain?
The researchers suggest that children should be placed in a recliner that is cushioned against their tummies and a firm mattress that allows them to get a firm night’s sleep.
If the tummums grow in the recliner, it may help prevent them from growing too large.
They also suggest that parents should be able to switch off the recliners and sit in a bed or chair for up to two hours a night.
The authors also recommend using a soft pillow to help soften the tummer, and to use a soft pillow on the head for a period of time.
The researchers recommend using the recline position for babies with small tummias, and also for babies who have mild to moderate tummy discomfort.
This article has been updated to correct the spelling of the name of the study.