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Expert Help And Resources For Cry Babies

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There are resources & experts who can help you deal with your baby.

Here’s an overview of the various people who can help parents who are struggling with a crying baby. These people are the following: experts, children’s nurse, nurse youth health, baby consultant, lactation consultant, babysitters, general practitioner, pediatrician, pediatrician, physiotherapist, educator, psychologist, social worker, chiropractic, osteopathy, craniosacral therapist, homeopath

Here is a brief explanation of everyone’s education and work.

Experts

There are countless websites where you can find experts on cry babies. Huilbaby.com is very good example of one.

Make good use of such sites such as this one. This can save you a lot of work and energy since the information such sites such as this one can be a great help. However, you should never replace it with a consultation with a doctor.

Useful Sites of experts: http://www.kindereczeem.nl particular page on breastfeeding and hypoallergenic formula are worth reading.

Children’s Nurse

A children’s nurse is also called a pediatric nurse. He or she deals with various health conditions of kids, ranging from newborns to adolescents. This is a fulfilling job but it entails a lot of work, dedication, and patience.

Youth Health Nurse

A youth health nurse has the basic nurse training that is supplemented by training in Public Health. You meet a youth health nurse for the first time when your baby is about  2 to 3 weeks old. Then contact usually take place in a clinic but, if necessary, the young nurse can also visit at home.

Based our experience, the various nurses have different kinds of knowledge and experience levels in the field of cry babies. This goes for the professionals in the said field as well. Visiting the clinic is not compulsory, but it is advisable because of various preventive examinations.

Baby Consultant

This is a self-employed nurse with various training and extensive experience in infant care. He or she specializes in the care of children whose age range from  0 to 12 months old. Baby consultants provide guidance in private practice or in the family home. Unfortunately, their services is not reimbursed by health insurance. Network of nursing baby consultants: Bebibalansa.

Lactation consultant

A lactation consultant is a specialist who provides valuable help when there are  problems with breastfeeding. Lactation consultants work in hospitals, home care or located independently. Their services are covered by most health insurers.

Qualified Babysitters

According to babysitting specialist site, you may be able to find some very qualified babysitters who can offer some very helpful skills and services for cry babies. On babysitting search sites like Sittercity, you can do specific searches for babysitters who are trained and have the credentials to take care of babies who have a propensity to cry and require special care.

Furthermore, applying a Sittercity promo code when you subscribe makes this service very affordable for parents to avail of. It appears that babysitter provider sites such as Care.com and Sittercity are aware of the needs for special care, which really makes it convenient for parents who need help.

General Practitioner or Medical Doctor

A GP is a general practitioner or a medical doctor. Your family doctor is your first point of contact for questions, concerns or complaints regarding the health of your baby.

The doctor may prescribe medication or treatment for your baby. Furthermore, your doctor may refer your baby to a medical expert like a  physiotherapist or a pediatrician. Your family doctor can come and visit you at home in case you are not feeling too well to come to the clinic.

Pediatrician

University basic medical training, supplemented with on-the-job experience or further education. Together with the youth health nurse, a pediatrician is  responsible for the baby’s regular health examinations. This serves a as a preventive measure so that the baby is diagnosed and treated immediately.

Children Physiotherapist

Should have the basic training as a physiotherapist, continuing on to being a  pediatric physiotherapist. A physical therapist guides and treats patients with physical problems such as posture  and movement.

Children physical therapists focus on the functional status of children in their communities. A referral from general practitioner or medical specialist is no longer required to contact this particular kind of  therapist.

Pedagogue

A pedagogue is an educator who has taken up a college or a university level course. If you are experiencing problems in raising your child (ren) or if your child’s development is problematic, you can enlist the help of a teacher.

Psychologist

A psychologist has a minimum four-year education at a university. You can go to a psychologist for help, advice, and guidance on personal problems.

In a (threatening) post partum depression, you may seek help so that you can talk about your feelings. You can talk to your partner about it. Seek help and support from  a friend. You may also join a support group. However, you should immediately get with a psychologist if there are any underlying psychological issues.

Social Worker

Social work is a four-year course. A social worker works through the General Social Work or a setting like a hospital or a large company (social services).

A social worker focuses on providing assistance and services for psycho-social and material problems. If your baby is discharged from the hospital and you require further support and guidance at home, the social worker can refer you to an agency in your area.

Social work is a municipal facility, there are no charges . You can directly contact them.

There’s a lot of debate about the therapies of osteopaths and craniosacral therapists especially after the death of a three-month old baby in 2007. There was also a baby in Germany who had died after undergoing the same therapies.

Most forms of therapies lack scientific evidence. For example, see the literature  on the effects of treatment in infants with the so-called KISS syndrome , by PLPBrand, RHHEngelbert, PJMHelders and M. Offringa.

Anyone can open an alternative practice with this type of treatment and our country has no control over that. At the Healthcare Inspectorate, regular caregivers are monitored.

Osteopath

Basic training as a doctor or physiotherapist, complemented by training in osteopathy. An osteopath treats both the musculoskeletal system (parietal),  the body system (visceral), and the nervous system (craniosacral).

An osteopath pays much attention to the skull of the child. The skull of an infant has a certain “plasticity”. This is due to the cartilage tissue between the skull bones.

A vulnerable part of the skull is the skull base. The skull base of an infant is composed of individual pieces. These individual pieces will eventually join together as the infant matures. This area is prone to injuries.

A light-touch therapy that focuses on the head is called cranio-sacral therapy. This particular kind of therapy is an essential part of osteopathy.

Cranio-sacral therapist

Cranio-sacral therapy focuses on applying ‘soft’ techniques on the head area and spinal cord. These “soft” techniques are examples of “subtle” therapies that seem to have great health benefits without any major intervention. These tender techniques stimulate the self-healing ability of the body. Treatments are covered by most health insurers.

Manual therapist

They have basic training in manual therapy. This type of therapy is most commonly used by massage therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, and osteopathic physicians.

A manual therapist examines and treats the joints of the spine, neck, arms and legs with just the use of the hand. This particular kind of therapy puts pressure on the affected area to ease pain. The effects of manual therapy are often immediately noticeable. It improves posture  and function of the joints and movement is easier.

Chiropractor

A bachelor’s degree is needed to train as a chiropractor. A chiropractor diagnoses disorders of the musculoskeletal system (spine and nervous system) and uses the technique of massaging to manipulate or correct the joints. No referral from the GP is needed to visit a chiropractor. Treatments are reimbursed in whole or in part.

Homeopath

In the Netherlands there are over 600 physicians using homeopathy. The doctors who are members of the Medical Association for Homeopathy (VHAN) have studied or taken it up during their medical studies (classical) homeopathy.

About 100 of them are also family doctors or specialists. The other 300 have completely focused on homeopathy and sometimes work together with general practitioners and specialists.

There are also about 400 “classical homeopaths. Most of them are not doctors. While they have some medical knowledge,  they did not reach university level and are without practical experience.

The consultations of VHAN physicians are largely reimbursed by most insurance from funds from supplementary insurance. The same applies to the medicines they prescribe.

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What Are Cry Babies?

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Caring for a cry baby can be tough on parents.

Experts usually identify a cry baby using the so-called rule of three: “the child cries more than 3 hours per day for more than three days a week for more than three weeks” (Barr, 1999).

The nursing diagnosis is derived from this definition and it reads: “A situation where an apparently healthy baby, periods of much crying, whining and irritability shows, for several hours a day, several days a week, where parents have questions and do not know how to deal with the baby’s crying behavior”(Buskop-Kobussen and Bruijns, 1996).

The normal crying duration varies by age. After birth, a baby usually cries for 1-1.5 hours. Around the sixth week, the baby can cry for about  2-2.5 hours. Eventually, crying time will average to 1.5 hours a day.

Dutch research has shown that on the average, 13% of infants (aged 1 to 6 months) cries at least one day a week over three hours

Babies with low birth weight (less than 2,500 grams) cry more frequently as compared to heavier babies (Brugman et al, 1999). Frequent crying occurs mainly in the first three months and it starts out as a normal cry.

Crying peaks around the age of 6 weeks (Rautava et al, 1993) This is due to the fact that a baby’s central nervous system is still immature. As a result, a baby easily cries due to external and internal stimuli. This may also explain why  premature babies cry more than full-term children.

There is a normal crying behavior and there is an excessive crying behavior. Although there are various definitions for cry babies, we find that the perception of parents on cry babies should be the norm. Although it’s very subjective, it’s a fact that one parent’s experience with a cry baby is very different from another parent.

In addition, a parent’s capacity to handle a baby who is crying excessively plays a major role. One parent is more likely to exceed the limit of the burden than another parent. That’s very possible most especially in a situation where a mother is dealing solely with several children and a crying baby as well.

Excessive crying can have a physical cause. Such is the reason why physiotherapists should be extra vigilant. Early (ostheopatische) treatment can prevent problems later in life.

Have you noticed any of the following symptoms  in your baby?

  • prolonged, excessive crying;
  • preferred position of the head;
  • change in shape of the skull, flattening on one or both sides;
  • poor and restless sleep (naps);
  • skew (opisthotonus) bifida;
  • an asymmetrical development hip;
  • asymmetrical movement of arms and legs;
  • bad head balance;
  • drink or suction problems (restless, greedy, uncontrolled, often choking);
  • reflux;
  • crying while dressing and undressing;
  • hair pulling at one particular place; and
  • cold hands and feet.

Mechanical forces during the birth process, together  with other external forces like an accidental fall that injures the infant’s head, could lead to a loss of motion in the upper cervical vertebrae. It could also lead to a clamping of nerves in the infant’s skull base.

The cranial bones of an infant consists of cartilage-filled spaces. These are known as fontanelles or simply soft spots. The birth process is easier, thanks to the soft spots. These allow the bones of the skull to move easily during child birth. However, the infant can temporarily end up with an odd-shaped head.

The fontanelles or soft spots eventually become a bone and development of fibrous joints follow. This is a critical development of the infant’s skull bones. The skull bones not only protect the brain, it also supports the sensory organs. Hence, the development of the infant’s skull bones is critical since various  senses like hearing, smelling, and tasting are highly dependent on it.

Light osteopathic treatment can have a therapeutic effect on the infant’s skull bones.

Up until the of age 4, a child’s brain has already undergone various stages of development. At the same time, the stimuli of the senses must be processed properly at this time.  If this is not the case, it can get very difficult for the infant.

It may confuse you as to why your baby cries a lot. You might  start to look into your baby’s health or nutrition. However, it might even confuse you more. In spite of the fact that you baby seems healthy and well-fed, the crying still persists.

For starters, you should listen carefully to your own feelings. Then talk to your family doctor and other experts.

Crying can still persist even after osteopathic treatments. This is the reason why experts should be working together.

A baby who is in pain cannot learn how to to sleep. So even when the  pain is gone, the baby will not sleep regularly. Hence, the parents will end up very tired. The baby does not need to be treated. Parents just need all the support, confidence, and reliable information to be able to deal with their crying baby.

As you read more information on crying babies, you will realize the effects can go beyond the psychological, physical and social areas. It is for that reason that you should be able to identify short term and long term problems.

In addition to differences in crying behaviors, it’s crucial to point out that both the infant and the parents suffer from fatigue. So within a few weeks after birth, the whole family can suffer from fatigue.

It is important to recognize fatigue immediately. If not, it may endanger lactation and eventually the bonding between the infant and mother.

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