Simple help for Premature babies

Mid Sussex Times, February 2016

I read as much of the scientific research that is produced on babies health as time in my clinic permits. And I have found some amazing research that could be of great value to parents with an excessively crying baby. However, I imagine very few mums are sitting down to read some scientific papers. Very boring compared to an amazing new baby! My two boys are certainly not boring and are a bit older now so I do get the chance and I want to pass on to you in this article a couple of research papers about premature babies.

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Firstly, one piece of research found “The gut of low birthweight infants is colonised by a paucity of bacterial species.”

What this is saying is that premature babies have has fewer good bacteria compared to bad bacteria in their bowel. The researchers even go on to say that improving gut bacteria can improve growth in pre-term infants. Every parent that has a pre-term infant should know this!

But how do you improve a baby’s good gut bacteria? Once a baby is born they have a few ways of picking up good bacteria. Primarily, it is passed to them through their mothers breast milk. So if you are breast feeding a premature baby the mother may want to improve the amount of good bacteria being passed to her baby and take a probiotic herself, which will then be delivered through her breast milk.

If you are formula feeding then no problems here either. You can simply use a specialist baby probiotic designed and researched to be dropped into the formula instead. Babies also pick up bacteria from their surrounding so having plenty of skin to skin contact with the parents will make a difference too.

The second scientific research looking at premature babies concluded “Measures that may improve microflora could have beneficial effects on digestive tolerance and growth”. Again, they are confirming that correcting a premature baby’s bacteria in their gut is really helpful to their health. The way to do that is as I have just explained, it’s nice to have the science backing it all up though.

We can go a stage on from this too. Do you think your baby is colicky? Or suffering excessive winds pains or is maybe even constipated which is making them uncomfortable? These tummy problems are also known to have an underlying gut bacteria imbalance. Colicky babies also have lots of research showing they have different bacteria in their gut compared to non-colicky babies.

If we now put two and two together we can see that premature babies are more like to suffer some digestive upsets, like colic because of the gut bacteria imbalance. But the good news is this can helped by improving this balance by using probiotics via the mother or direct in a formula bottle. If you have any questions on this article please feel free to email me on

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Christian has been an osteopath and naturopath for 19 years. He set up The Perrymount Clinic in 2009 and specialises in treating babies and children. The Perrymount has won numerous awards and Christian has won the prestigious Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioner “Community” award for his work with babies. Christian’s mission is to educate parents so they understand there is help for them and their crying, upset, not sleeping baby. In 2014 Christian wrote the book Calming Colic - How To Help The 10 Causes of Colic & since has written numerous other e-books all focused on helping mother and baby. This book is available to purchase at and you will receive 6 other mother and baby help e-books completely free. Calming Colic takes you through all the reasons a baby can be upset and hoe to help them immediately and even with their future health because colic can be a predictor of future health issues.

The 90 page Calming Colic book is available to purchase as paperback or download.

Watch a video on the top causes of your baby being colicky, upset, crying and not sleeping by clicking below.

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Are you struggling with your baby? Did this article help you understand why your baby is upset? We can help! If you live local to Haywards Heath then you may like to bring your baby in for help, if so call us on 01444 410944 or fill out the form below and we will call you back soon. If you aren’t local then your next best option is to purchase The Happy Baby Project which contains all the advice I give parents on how to help their baby now and into the future.

Just a few of the testimonials from happy mothers and babies achieved by using cranial osteopathy and the guidance in the book Calming Colic and the 6 baby help e-books written by Christian Bates

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