Remedies for Crying Babies – Newborns

I am going to do a little series on remedies for crying babies because after working with babies for many years I think there are a wide variety of reasons babies express themselves in this way.

Today I would like to focus on the very newborn babies.  The first thing I am curious about is the birth experience.  This type of crying may well have to do with pain from a difficult birth and it is VERY important to look into this with a pediatric chiropractor or a osteopath that has experience working with babies.

Rough handling of the head, neck and jaw can lead to pain and distress for newborns.  In order to nurse effectively they must turn their necks freely and be able to open their jaw wide to latch.  If they have had vacuum, forceps or cesarean delivery then it is very possible that they will need some supportive care to address the mechanical misalignment.

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It is a difficult process to go through when mothers and babies are newly postpartum but you may find care providers that will be willing to do home visits, just ask.  This is an excellent reason to set up care before  you have a baby so that these relationships are established and that extra work will not have to be done during the postpartum.

Remedies to support Newborn Happiness!

Aconite 1M

  • babies that shriek with their eyes, jaw and fists tightly clenched
  • the crying starts and ends abruptly
  • only a very calm person can soothe these babies
  • babies that have had anything shocking or frightening happen during pregnancy, birth or postpartum.  This might include losing a twin, a maternal hemorrhage, placental abruption etc.  Life and death situations.
  • babies that had a very precipitous birth
  • babies born into a room with a lot of fear and expectation that their lives were in danger – premature babies, multiple  births, mothers with HELP.
  • babies born with shoulder dystocia
  • babies born via cesarean, especially if it is was an “emergency” cesarean.

Pulsatilla 200C

  • babies that are weepy unless they are being held and cuddled
  • babies that cannot EVER be in a room alone
  • babies that were separated from parents at birth and beyond
  • babies that must go into care
  • babies with desire to always be touching their mothers, nurse for hours because they prefer that special connection.
  • breech babies –

Nux vomica 200C

  • babies that are overly sensitive to light, sound, touch and smell
  • babies that react with shrieking and crying for hours once they start crying
  • babies that cannot tolerate ANY stimulation as newborns – even leaving their bedroom makes them upset – no guests, no extra noise, light or touch
  • colicky type reactions in babies due to stimulation
  • crying may be relieved by QUIET environments and swaddling to soothe the nervous system
  • this may be a baby going through withdrawal

Please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com for information about online consulting, educational opportunities and e-books! As always I welcome your questions, comments and feedback.

warmly,

Piper

 

 

 

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Breech Babies ~ the TURN!

Pulsatilla – the windflower~ is blooming right now.  Early spring is the time that this plant blooms and moves with the wind and rain of the season.  Pulsatilla is a remedy that is very common to see as a remedy state in pregnancy and in children.

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Pregnancy

Pulsatilla is the remedy to remind a breech or transverse baby that the most anatomically correct way to be born is in an anterior, vertex position.  This may not be the case for all babies, I do think there are babies that do just fine being born breech.  But for those that can change the position safely, Pulsatilla creates the gentle reminder and the mother and baby create a more optimal fetal position together.

This happens within 24 hours of taking a single dose of Pulsatilla 200C and quite often the mother is not aware of it happening.  I have clinically seen this occur up to the 39th week of pregnancy.

This is a safe option to explore.  The remedy will only work if the change of position is to the advantage of the baby.  If the cord is too short or tangled to make the switch, nothing will happen.  If the placement of the placenta will be compromised by a move, then again, the baby will not turn.  Homeopathy is safe because it ONLY works with the body, it can’t override the body.  It makes suggestions and the body can choose to respond or not.

Pulsatilla is also very helpful for:

  • morning sickness
  • fear of labour
  • jealousy in pregnancy
  • long first stage of labour that stops and starts
  • indecisive about planning for birth

Childhood Pulsatilla

Baby

A Pulsatilla baby is usually born to a Pulsatilla mother.  These babies will strongly prefer to  be carried every moment, mainly by their mothers.  They need a lot of attention, tending, adjusting and adapting on the part of  the mother.  They weep often but are quickly consoled by cuddling.  They are changeable babies and very sensitive to being alone – even for a moment. You will observe all of these same characteristics present in the mother as well.

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  • thick, yellow discharges – eyes, nose or ears
  • remedy for chickenpox – still wants to snuggle despite the itching
  • thirstless – have to beg this child to take sips

Pulsatilla 200C is an appropriate dose for both pregnant women and children.  Please visit my website for more information.  I offer online consults, learning opportunities and ebooks on my site.  Thank you for reading and your feedback!

warmly

Piper

 

 

 

Homeopathy in Action….

Birth is taking a journey into the unknown. Birth is raw and women need to be supported by others who are invested in a positive experience,  no matter the outcome. I have had the support of Piper attending and using homeopathy throughout the births of both my children.

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At the birth of my daughter this decision was imperative in ways I could never have imagined. Her 23 hour labour culminated with an at home resuscitation attended by experienced midwives. I remember her long-awaited first cry, after Piper quickly introduced homeopathy to help with the shock to her system from this abrupt beginning into the world. I was also prescribed remedies for my bleeding which became excessive during the panic of the resuscitation. This allowed us to stay at home, mom and babe together. Piper’s skill and abilities to manage emergency situations through the use of homeopathy are invaluable. Her knowledge and experience are a true gift to all women who are lucky enough to be supported by her skill and amazing presence. Thank you Piper, for trusting in women’s bodies and the birth process. 

With love,

Ashley

~If you are looking for support, knowledge or training in using homeopathy for pregnancy, birth and beyond please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com. I welcome your questions.

 

Homeopathy in Action~

I am going to share a few heartfelt testimonials from women I have worked with over the years so that you can hear from a grassroots perspective how homeopathy can impact your life.

“I believe that homeopathy has kept my children and I both healthy and happy.  I found homeopathy after already delivering my son at the hospital, despite wanting and trying for a home birth.

For my next two pregnancies, I used homeopathy to battle all sorts of pregnancy related issues, from morning sickness, to nasal and sinus congestion, to turning a breech and then a transverse baby.  Homeopathy supported two home births following my son, and both home births were most lovely experiences I could have ever wished for.  With remedies, we were able to make my contractions more effective, relieve back labour, and promote milk supply.  Both my daughters were born in a warm, loving, quiet environment, surrounded by those who loved them and they thrived from the moment they were born.

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As my children grow and play, I find we are able to manage when we get sick with ease.  We use homeopathy to help heal bad bumps and bruises more quickly, to turn fevers around more quickly, and to avoid flu like symptoms (sniffles and coughs) from escalating into more serious issues like bacterial infections, such as ear or throat infections.  I believe with homeopathy, my children are vital, strong and healthy!”

Erin

Four steps to a gentle birth…

How you are born is a part of who you are.  If you are able to create the best possible birth experience for both you and your baby it will impact both of your lives forever.  How to set yourself up for a positive birth?

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  • Find Care Providers that you love.
  • Give birth in an environment that feels safe.
  • Create the time and space to greet your baby at the pace that  feels right for your family.
  • Build support postpartum to spend quiet, slow, meaningful time with your baby.

This baby’s face is filled with quiet wonder and I would love to see the world responding to these new people with the respect and intelligence they deserve.

love

Piper

BOOSTing your Spirits and your Milk Supply…

The best way I know to boost your milk supply is to go to bed with your baby.  I know, I know – almost every woman I know will say – I Can’t DO that! I have other children, laundry, cooking, cleaning, work, things to do!! But it’s not really the things to DO – it’s that most women have NEVER and I mean NEVER just spent time relaxing and focusing on one thing.  Now the funny part of this is, is that the one thing that needs focusing on,  is keeping another human alive, but still – it seems like that just isn’t enough!

So it is up to us,  as women,  to take this whole concept of breastfeeding up a notch.  We are keeping another human alive with our breast milk.  This requires:

  • tucking into bed with your baby skin to skin
  • fluids
  • good food
  • support and a feeling of safety
  • a mind that believes what you are spending time doing is THE most important thing.

Yes, you can pull off nursing while doing a million other things but why? Will this time come around again? Will it really matter if there is a small window of time in which your house is not the cleanest and you aren’t on top of your email?

Get the whole family into the quiet, postpartum welcome for this babe – teach your children how to experience this transition gently and softly.

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If and when you have honestly gone to bed for three weeks, you have rested, chilled out, drank a ton of water, eaten all the offerings of everyone you know, accepted support and allowed yourself to indulge in nursing to its fullest – IF then you still feel like you need help boosting your supply – consult with me.  There are many homeopathic remedies to encourage your body and your mind towards this possibility.  But try the bed first.

For more information on milk supply, mastitis, interrupted breastfeeding or any issues on keeping babies alive and thriving! please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com

 

 

Overstimulation and the Crying Baby

Crying is one way babies respond to overstimulation.  In my experience babies have very few filters for what we consider every day noise, light and interaction with the world.  Some babies simply go to sleep to escape, others nurse and nurse and still others scream and cry.

Interestingly it is mothers who crave a lot of stimulation in their lives that have very sensitive babies.  Babies are very powerful people, without the ability to speak they are extremely clear about their optimal environment.  Since this translates as a calm baby that is willing to sleep, most parents are willing to adapt.  Just like that your whole life changes.

The process of homeopathic case taking will assist you in understanding the cues of your child and the environment that is best for their well-being.  Feeling relaxed is actually part of survival for babies as they are able to eat, digest and sleep at a higher level than if they are stressed.  

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Homeopathic remedies will help ease the sensitivity and reactivity of your baby, helping them to calm faster and seek comfort instead of escalating their response.  

Situations that promote overstimulation include;

  • having company in your home that wants to hold your baby
  • trips to the grocery store, mall or errands in the car
  • attending events – weddings, parties, sporting events etc.
  • naps timed to occur  in the car
  • bringing the baby to appointments and errands

I know that it seems like you won’t be able to do anything when you have a newborn and you are right.  Babies do not want to attend classes or go shopping.  They want a quiet, calm environment, soft light and a slow pace.  In this setting they will thrive.  You can push through and sometimes it just happens,  but those are the times that your baby will fuss, cry, be unable to settle and require a lot of extra grounding – this is what overtimulation looks like.

Mothers can schedule their own time for appointments, shopping, social time when their partners are home or a friend is available to be with the baby in their home.  As time goes on babies will become more flexible and able to tolerate outings and adventures.

If you do want to go out with your baby I suggest:

  • the forest, walks away from cars and noise
  • small quiet groups where you feel calm and peaceful
  • meeting one friend at a time for a visit
  • the library

Keep it simple at the pace of a baby.  Use a sling to provide a buffer for your newborn.

It is highly possible that in this way of living you will also feel calm and rested, peaceful and present.  Try it.

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