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Sleep Tips by Kim West

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World renowned sleep coach Kim West who is also known as The Sleep Lady® by her clients and has appeared on multiple networks such as Dr. Phil, the Today Show, and Good Morning America has written a great article entitled “How to Get Sleep When Dealing With Colic“.

In the article she discusses the reality of being a new parent and losing sleep especially with a baby who has colic. She goes onto discuss a few things parents need to be aware of that will help them get through the first few months with their new baby, along with helpful sleep tips, how to create a sleep plan, and extreme cases of sleep deprivation that can lead to Postpartum Depression (PPD). She has even included a survey to help you determine if your sleep deprived.

If you’re a new parent and are struggling with the lack of sleep you’re getting take Kim’s advice and follow her helpful sleep tips.

Is it Reflux? Or Normal Spit-Up?

Newborns spit up and cry—this is very normal behavior for these tiny beings that have just entered the world.  So normal that 70% of infants spit up on a daily basis and an average infant 1-3 months old can cry up to 3.75 hours per day cry—any new mom knows that this is true. Even though spitting up and crying is considered normal, care givers tend to think their child has GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), and more and more infants are being prescribed reflux medications by their pediatricians, without the proper diagnostic testing.

Why isn’t the testing done? It can be Continue reading

Do Babies Need Reflux Medication?

When a friend of mine had her second child, I found out what simple “spitting up” could really be. Her son spit-up like nobody’s business–it was forceful and there was A LOT of it. If you took a turn holding him, you needed to have some kind of protection on. And, if he was down on the ground (he started crawling at five months), you could easily find him by following the puddles of spit-up. He was what’s called, “a happy spitter.” He never cried, he never let it stop him–he would just up-chuck and move on. I would ask my friend, “Are you sure he doesn’t have reflux? Are you sure nothing’s the matter?” And she would always assure me that he was fine, that she asked the pediatrician, and for whatever reason, he just spit-up a bunch.

So, with this experience in mind, I find it interesting that Continue reading

Studies Show That Natural Ingredients Can Help With Colic

A new study which was published on March 28, 2011 in Pediatrics online magazine shows that in clinical trials, relief of colic was seen with fennel extract, herbal tea and sugar water. 

Although it is reported that the trials do have limitations (i.e. too few patients or not being double blinded) pediatricians agree that these natural ingredients are safe to give to babies, so there is no harm in doctors recommending them.

An article in U.S. News quotes, “”It’s reasonable for parents to consider those kinds of interventions for which there is some suggestion of benefit but no known risks,” said Dr. Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York.”

Colic causes misery for both parents and babies alike, yet researchers have Continue reading

What is Craniosacral Therapy and How Does it Help with Colic?

Craniosacral therapy–it’s a mouthful, and if you’re like most people, you may have no idea what it is. But, for those of you with a colicky baby, tune in, because it could help your child.

Wikipedia defines craniosacral therapy as, “Craniosacral therapy (also called CST, also spelled CranioSacral bodywork or therapy) is an alternative medicine therapy used by osteopaths, massage therapists, naturopaths, and chiropractors. A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, which allows them to tune into what they call the craniosacral rhythm. The practitioner claims to gently work with the spine and the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are said to be eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is said to be optimized, and misaligned bones are said to be restored to their proper position.”

In layman’s terms–trauma in a person’s life can cause the cerebrospinal fluid to be blocked–craniosacral therapy, through gentle massage and touch, can release it. Although craniosacral therapy can be performed on people of all ages, it’s especially useful for babies because it’s non-invasive. Continue reading

Is Colic “Normal?”

A recent Canadian study states that colic is normal–that not just babies, but every mammal, goes through it. However, pediatric chiropractor Dr. Chris Chlebowski, who specializes in colic, disagrees. He says, “Practitioners of natural medicine have long stated that what a mother eats, and therefore exposes her baby to, through her breast milk, is the most common cause of colic.” Chlebowski goes on to say that, “95% of colic symptoms are due to the types of food mothers are eating or the formula they are feeding their infants.”

So, essentially, what we’re being told is, Continue reading

Colic–Telling it Like it Is

Babble recently posted a story on colic–and what I love about it is that 1) the story is from the Dad’s point of view and 2) he really tells it like it is. The author point blank talks about how awful colic is, how hard it can be to bond with a baby whose constantly crying, and how it can make every day worse than the last. Fortunately, it gets better–there IS a light at the end of the tunnel, which can be hard to believe. To read the story, click here.

Breastfeeding and Colic

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This photo shows proper latch.

A recent headline caught my attention, “Breastfeeding is a Cause of Colic.” What?!? We’ve all read that “breast is best” (it even says it in Similac literature) so why would do something that was so good for your baby, cause something so terrible as colic? I continued to read and was interested to find out that it’s not so much breastfeeding–it’s the way that you may be doing it. As a mother of two who nursed both kids until they were one, I feel that I’m somewhat of a veteran. But after reading the aforementioned article, I realized I still had a lot to learn.

First, lets make sure we’re on the same page as to what colic is. Wikipedia defines it as:

Colic (also known as infant colic, three month colic, and Infantile colic) is a condition in which an otherwise healthy baby cries or screams frequently and, for extended periods, without any discernible reason. The condition typically appears within the first two weeks of life and almost invariably disappears, often very suddenly, before the baby is three to four months old, but can last up to 12 months of life. It is equally common in bottle-fed and breastfed babies. Continue reading

Coping with Crybabies

I recently came across a book review in the online journal, The Jerusalem Post. It was the title that caught my eye, “How to Cope With A Crybaby.” Now, I know that there can be a little lost in translation, but I thought the title was a bit cruel–though I’m sure that wasn’t the intention. The book, written in Hebrew, is called Lama Tinokot Bochim? (Why Do Babies Cry?, and, as the review says, it “. . . focuses specifically on how to reduce babies’ crying – which is probably what makes the parenting of newborns most difficult.”

Reading on, the author of the review says that, “While most of the advice they give is scientifically based, they include some techniques such as Bach flowers and other essences, chiropractic, craniosacral, homeopathy, osteopathy and other complementary medicine techniques that have not been scientifically proven to help reduce crying.” Which I think Continue reading

Colicky Baby? Try Aromatherapy.

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From Wellsphere:

Abdominal massage can bring great relief and help release trapped gas. Infant massage is best done Continue reading