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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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Possible Causes of Baby Crying and Potential Effects

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It’s important to know some of the causes and effects of a crying baby.

Here are some symptoms and causes for babies to cry.

Symptoms that may indicate a physical cause of the cry:

  • piercing cry with voice
  • crying all day
  • flow back nutrition, vomiting, diarrhea, or weight loss

Possible physical causes:

  • nutritional problems like spitting, cramps, or constipation;
  • infections like colds, inflammation, diaper rash, urinary tract infection, or diarrhea; and
  • Other causes like allergies, eczema, prematurity, birth trauma (e.g. broken collarbone.), immaturity of the central nervous system, hip dislocation, deviation in the spine, or breathing problems;

* Note: This is a list of examples, not an exhaustive list of the causes of crying.

No physical cause

Recent research shows that there was no physical cause of crying in 97% of babies in the hospital. (Nooitgedagt et al, 2005).

The cry should be considered as something a baby does as opposed to something a baby has.  (Barr, 1993).

Effects

A baby’s excessive crying and lack of sleep can have grave consequences.

Consequences for parents

  1. Physical effects

Structural sleep deprivation leads to the following:

  • concentration problems;
  • forgetfulness; and
  • constant stress, most especially if the crying happens at night; and
  • is a proven method of torture  .
  1. Emotional or psychological consequences

If your baby cries excessively, it’s hard to think that there ever will be a healthy sleep-wake pattern. Everyone has moments. Hence, everyone deserves to have some time to rejuvenate.

A crying child can spark the following emotions:

  • pity;
  • irritation;
  • anger;
  • fury;
  • impotency;
  • frustration;
  • depression; and
  • loneliness, to name a few.

You may also experience feelings of anger once you are deprived of sleep. This, in turn, causes you to get angry with your baby. Such emotion can leave you feeling guilty.

Exhaustion can trigger or even worsen depression worsen or even trigger. In most cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome, 95% to be exact, crying is the reason for the shake of the child (Pass et al, 2005). Shaking can cause serious damage to the brain of a baby. The damage caused by shaking, is permanent and can vary from mild symptoms to death. In the majority of SBS cases, 5 to 20 seconds of shaking have shown great damage to the infant.

  1. Social impact

Crying and fatigue can also affect your social life. If you are always exhausted, you will have a hard time sustaining your social obligations. Hence , every opportunity to sleep should be maximized. If you have to hire a babysitter, then do it.

  1. Other consequences

Prolonged sleep deprivation can have profound implications on the couple’s relationship. At the same time, it can also affect the other children as well. The following are grave consequences of sleep deprivation.

  • Tension and quarrels among family members;
  • Less need for physical contact; and
  • Sleep deprivation for other children.

With sleep deprivation, parents won’t have time to take care of themselves. Their self esteem and confidence will wane.

Everybody loses with a cry baby in the family. The parents and other children are all bound to end up in the losing end. At the same time the crying baby is also on the losing end, he or she is pretty much the victim in such an unfortunate  situation.  This can cause a lot of friction among the family members.

Here are a couple of quotes from parents of cry babies:

“I’m too irritated to even do something with my child. Sometimes I wonder if I love him. ”

“I’m afraid when I think of what I could do to my baby if he cries all night again.”

“My first child was crying a lot. When he was eight months, I was at wits’ end. We wanted a little brother or sister for him. So now, I am two months pregnant and honestly I can not enjoy my pregnancy. I feel depressed and guilty once and I’m not sure how to proceed.”

Parents will do anything to comfort a crying baby. Everyday is a challenge because nothing seems to help. So after a few weeks, parents tend to give up. The first few months can be very tough for the parents and if they don’t know how to handle the situation, it could endanger their relationship with their baby.

Consequences for the Baby

Physical consequences

Symptoms may be the result of a long and difficult birth or a very fast, powerful delivery. If these symptoms are left untreated it can cause the following problems:

  • Does not want to crawl;
  • Slow  development of gross and fine motor skills;
  • Has a hard time balancing himself or herself;
  • Has a poor posture;
  • Stumbles and falls;
  • Has speech delay;
  • Is always tired;
  • Wakes up with a headache;
  • Always has a headache; and
  • Can eventually have poor concentration in  school.

Other symptoms like forgetfulness, restlessness, and learning disabilities need a lot of attention from the parents.

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