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The Colicky Screamers

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 ~

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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.

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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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warmly

Piper

 

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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Newborns and Stimulation

I am making a suggestion that new mothers and new babies belong at home. 

Newborns should not be spotted at Starbucks, Loblaws, Walmart or anywhere with lots of people, noise, light and stimulation.  Babies have different reactions to this level of engagement but I really believe they do not possess the filters to process  this information.  They are wide open and experience things fully and deeply – they cannot sort and choose what to allow in and what to put aside.  Some babies like Nux vomica babies react by having a colic attack.  Things we would never experience as overstimulation can create symptoms such as:

  • crying, shrieking, wailing
  • vomiting, projectile vomiting
  • colic attacks, gas pain
  • refusal to eat, nurse or soothe
  • tightly clenched eyes, fists and jaw
  • constipation
  • out of proportion sleeping

Babies can react to things we consider every day events such as:

  • watching TV
  • listening to the radio or heavy music
  • riding in the car
  • being at a party, meeting or office
  • going to the mall or grocery store
  • being around a lot of other people
  • exposure to florescent lighting
  • swings
  • toys in their faces
  • cold or heat
  • being held by people other then their parents

 If you must go out to such a place with your babe then be kind and put them in a sling – cocoon them from as much noise, light and general interaction as you possibly can.  Try not to carry them in their car seat or stroller until they are at least six months of age.  Put a hat on their heads in all weather and swaddle them.

 There are remedies to assist babies who are reacting at a very high level of stimulation but truly time will create more flexibility.  Just keep it soft, quite and mellow for the first six months and you will have a calm, grounded child.