Mid Sussex Times, January 2016
As a man writing this article I understand I might be pushing my limits a bit by pretending to understand how stressful the delivery of your baby was!
However, I have been prompted to write on this topic because of some research I have read recently about stressful deliveries.
The researchers obviously have some scale to measure how stressful a mother found the delivery process, so we can assume that some are more stressful than others.
Personally, I love to back up all the advice I give to parents when they bring a baby to see me with some scientific research I have read. This very often confirms what I have seen in my clinic and I feel this is the best stand point for me to help babies and give advice, with both my personal experience and scientific research.
What the researchers found was that mums who had had the most stressful deliveries had babies with more bowel issues and allergic reactions.
They measured the stress using a questionnaire but also tested the mother’s saliva to find the levels of their stress hormones. I think we can safely translate this into meaning that their babies had more wind, colic and upset tummies.
Exactly the sorts of problems babies that come in to see me have.
The researchers went one stage further though and linked the stress in the mothers to the types of good and bad bacteria in their baby’s bowel.
And they found a link.
The more stress at the delivery, the more bad bacteria and less good bacteria, which made the baby more likely to have tummy problems.
I can also tell you that there is plenty of other research linking this type imbalance in good and bad bacteria causing more baby colic.
We can now make a logical link that crying, colicky, upset babies have an imbalance of bowel bacteria that could have been triggered by a stressful delivery.
As an aside this imbalance can also be triggered very commonly by a C-section delivery and antibiotic use, both also have been proven by scientific research too.
The researchers went on to say that their research showed that using a probiotic (friendly bacteria) could benefit these babies.
I certainly agree with this as I routinely use a specialist baby bacteria to help upset, windy babies and it works so well.
There are only two products I would personally use though as they are specifically for babies.
You can read more on Biogaia Protectis here
The use of the probiotics accompanies my full hands-on cranial osteopathy treatment and eating advice for the mother too and in this way I can give an all-round treatment for both newborn and parents to help an upset, not sleeping baby as quickly as possible.
The bottom line is that if your baby’s delivery was particularly stressful then there is more chance they are windy, colicky, not sleeping and generally upset.
But there is some help at hand!
In the form of cranial osteopathy and all the other advice I offer to new mums that bring their baby to see me.
If you live near Haywards Heath then you may like to bring your baby for an osteopathy treatment or learn more about it on this website.
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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 www.calmingcolic.com 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.
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