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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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Recommended Care For Cry Babies (Part 1)

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Massages have been found to have a soothing effect on babies.

Obviously a baby cries due to a lot of physical factors. A cry baby usually has big eyes with circles underneath. He or she usually has pale skin and often has a slender build.

Interestingly, there are only three kinds of treatments that seem to have an impact. These three scientifically proven treatments are the following:

1. Hypoallergenic diet for children with allergies;

2. Baby massage; and

3. Swaddling.

Hypoallergenic Diet

There has been a lot of research on the possible causes of crying. One of which has a lot to do with the immaturity of the intestines, food type, hypersensitivity to cow’s milk protein and lactose. Research shows that a hypoallergenic diet is an effective treatment for cry babies. According to this website, milk allergy affects about 2 to 3% of infants. More interesting information can be found in Cara Vision Dutch Journal of asthma and COPD, in October 1997.

Baby Massage

Research shows that premature  babies who are massaged daily, gain and grow  more rapidly in weight and height respectively. Moreover, they are alert, active, and score higher on behavioral tests.

Usually, these children were discharged from the hospital earlier, went home happier, and hardly got sick. Eight months after discharge, their interaction with their parents was a lot more pleasant. They developed more quickly than babies in the control group (Clarcke, etc.).

Baby massage is healthy for premature  babies.  This has been scientifically proven.

Not all the effects of baby massage are measurable, but they are certainly very important. Baby massage is an excellent way to promote bonding between parent and child.

Pedagogue Rien van Ijzendoorn, who had received the Spinoza Prize for his research on attachment in 2004, showed that 1 in 3 children is attached.

Secure attachment has everything to do with the sensitivity of the parent to decipher  the signals their children give and respond well to. Clearly, sensitivity and intuition are needed.

Baby massage is the tool of choice for parents. It develops sensitivity and intuitive feelings. The technique is not difficult to learn. Although the learning curve could vary from one parent to another.

Through massage, the parent learns how to respond to the signals of the baby. This gives the baby a very safe and familiar feeling. At the same time, it makes the parents more comfortable with touching. Parents better will have a better  understanding of the body language of their baby. This will definitely build their self confidence in dealing with their cry baby.

Swaddle

Researchers from the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital and the University Medical Center Ulbrecht conducted a study in 2007. Three hundred ninety-eight infants were monitored. Their ages ranged from birth to three months of age.

The respondents were divided into two groups. One group was swaddled while the other group wasn’t. It was concluded that swaddling can really help calm the babies down. As a mater of fact, crying decreased significantly for the group that had received swaddling. After one week it was crying already decreased almost by half. The infants, whose ages ranged from 1 week to 7 weeks cried less.

It is important to note that swaddling is always a tool, not a solution.

Opinion research:

Reducing incentives and applying predictability and regularity has an impact on the crying baby. At the same time, reducing incentives, applying predictability, and regular swaddling are also very effective.

For parents, this is something to take into consideration – with or without appropriate advice. They should start to reduce the incentives for their baby and at the same time, introduce predictability and regularity. It is also very important to consider the needs and the pace of the baby.

If there is little or no effect within 5 days, parents can temporarily swaddle to avoid an  increase in crying (Bankers et al, 2005).

The Happiest Baby

The Happiest Baby comfort method was developed by an American pediatrician, Dr. Harvey Karp. Through his method, inconsolable babies or cry babies can calm down within seconds.

The Happiest Baby method combines side or stomach position, swaddle, swing, suck, and shush. Combining the so-called five S’s, it’s easy to recreate an environment that can help calm the infant down. Sleep becomes easy and the the baby and the parents become very happy. For more information see  thehappiestbaby.nl

Treatment KISS syndrome

KISS is a German acronym and it stands for Kopfgelenk – Induzierte Symmetrie Störingen. What this means is that the infant’s symmetrical development may be disturbed due to some functional problems in the upper vertebrae area.

As the child gets older, his or her motor skills are more complicated. These movement reflexes are largely generated by neck movements. A healthy baby will develop the left-hand and the right-hand half of the body even or symmetrically.

An infant with an oblique position of the upper cervical spine (s) will end up with a crooked head. This skew continues over the body down to the pelvis and hip joint. It is because of the skewed and stretched attitude that  the baby gets a crooked head.

The result shows poor motor development and is often a complex pattern of symptoms. Vital signs are feelings of  discomfort, crying, sleep deprivation, and hasty and uncontrolled drinking.

The infant often has difficulty and pain when dressing up. Oftentimes, the baby is colicky and is very uneasy.

The baby is very irritable and is often sacred with “normal” sounds such as  opening the door and rustling of the newspaper. Even a gentle and loving touch can evoke strong reactions. In many children, this uneasy feeling remains throughout their adult lives. It further determines and plays a major role in their  development as an adult.

In babies, there is often talk of colic, flatulence, constipation and reflux (return). By applying light treatment techniques the cause of the problem is dealt with.

Parents are often not aware that their child has a clear asymmetry problem. Some KISS children cry a lot, others not more than usual.

Should you want to examine your baby and choose an appropriate treatment, seek medical advice. Choose a registered chiropractor who specializes in treating infants. More information on KISS, please visit  kiss-kinderen.nl .

Recently, a number of doctors (Brand et al 2005) did a literature   review and found no scientific evidence on the effects of manual therapy and osteopathic treatment of the KISS syndrome.

Homeopathy

There are scientific researches showing that homeopathy helps. At the same time, there are also scientific researches showing that homeopathy does not help.

There have been a lot of discussions on homeopathy among scientists. In August 2005 an article (Shang et al 2005) was published again in the Lancet with the conclusion that homeopathy is comparable to the placebo effect (the effect that occurs when one believes in a treatment).

The big question is this. How can homeopathy bring healing in animals and babies? The ‘weak’ response of opponents to this is that babies and animals can not share their feedback on the treatment.

 

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