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.
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!
- 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.
- 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
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