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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.

 

One thought on “Recommended Care For Cry Babies (Part 1)

  1. It’s okay to massage your baby so long as you do it gently. At the most, a soft touch is recommended. You just need to make sure that your baby doesn’t get hurt. You also need to pay attention to how your baby responds to your massage. From there, you will be able to tell if your baby likes it or not. Lastly, do away with any kind of massage oil as it might spread accidentally on your baby’s hands and end up in the mouth area.

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