Babies under six months are making many discoveries. They are growing and changing and expanding in every way possible. Initially they are learning to breathe and eat in a rhythm that is comfortable so that they can digest and use the nutrients efficiently. This seems easy to us but consider a few things ~
They are NEW
Babies have never eaten, breathed, been in outer world environments. Think about the stimulation involved in just your average home – TV, music, cooking, dishwasher, dog barking, kids screaming, people talking, lights, smells, temperature changes etc. etc.
Now imagine a person with no filters or information to screen out this stimulation. Babies usually manage this one of two ways – by crying or sleeping.
I feel like colic is a combination of these factors –
- a difficult birth that has resulted in some mechanical aspects being misaligned such as the spine, skull and the jaw. Chiropractic care is an excellent support in this matter.
- an overly stimulating environment – this is something to really consider especially with a premature baby. It is important to give the baby time to calm and feel peaceful before nursing or feeding. It is then important to hold a steady, calm tone in the room while the baby is eating. Giving them time to breath and focus, encouraging them and protecting them from distraction. After they have nursed it is again important not to rush, immediately plunge back into a task or environment.
- formula that is not being digested properly – unfortunately this is often the case for newborns and if you are not able to nurse then you will have to source out a formula that works for your baby’s body. The best results I have seen are with homemade formulas – they are far superior to any commercially produced product and easy to make.
Remedies for babies that react to stress in their guts ~
Nux vomica 200C – this is one of the most sensitive remedy states for babies. Their mothers are usually incredibly busy and efficient people, working right up until their due date and craving an intense pace of life. However, they have babies that cannot tolerate even leaving their bedroom without having a colic attack. These babies overreact to light, noise and touch. They start crying and cannot stop. They are babies with a very small window of tolerance so if the conditions are not to their liking they have a big reaction very quickly. What they want is quiet, slow, gentle touch, lots of space – they prefer to sleep in their own beds and a minimum of people interacting with them.
Mag Phos 200C – Mag Phos is specifically sensitive to arguments and discord in the home. If there is a lot of tension between family members or if there has been a blow up, then the Mag Phos baby will get a stomach ache. Since there are as many receptors for emotion in the gut as there are in the brain, this makes perfect sense. Babies have emotion and respond to the feeling in their environment. Mag Phos is a chilly remedy and cold can trigger their pain, they respond well to the colic hold – applying light pressure on the abdomen – carrying the baby over one arm. They will also relax with heat, so warm baths, warm wrapping and warm rooms will help.
Lycopodium 200C – Lycopodium is a liver remedy, babies that need this have bloated, full, tight abdomens. They are typically hit with pain between 4-8pm. They are voracious nursers and often have the hiccups. Once they are burped they improve but they do tend to cry often, waking up from sleep is difficult for them and involves a lot of tears. Lycopodium babies are not smiley, they do not want to be held by anyone but their mothers and they are irritable.
Colocynthis 200C – this remedy is for babies that draw up their legs in an attempt to bend double. They scream in excruciating pain and like Mag Phos they are better from pressure and warmth. If Mag Phos does not alleviate the pain try Colocynthis.
Chamomilla 200C – Chamomilla is one of the remedies most reactive and sensitive to pain in the materia medica. They are aggravated after nursing and wake every hour throughout the night with pain. The only thing that seems to relieve them is driving in the car or being constantly carried and bounced. Nothing brings relief for very long, they are shriekers and will scream, get overheated and start reacting to everything including touch or any comfort the parents try to offer.
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