Does Every Crying Baby Have Colic?

Mid Sussex Times, 2015

The most common babies I am seeing for treatment at The Perrymount clinic are upset, crying, irritable babies. And these babies aren’t crying because they are tired, hungry or need a change of nappy.

The parents wish they were only crying because of that!

These babies are crying for no understandable reason and they have been fed and changed and they still cry and they won’t settle into a deep sleep or routine.

Part of my job is to figure out why this is. Once myself and the parents have worked out together what we think the main reasons behind their baby being upset are then my treatment plan can be targeted to help them be happy and sleeping much quicker. And by this I mean the baby and parents being happy and sleeping!

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Most parents come in not understanding what is wrong with their baby but they have noticed that often wind or tummy pain is involved so they think of colic as the answer. However, they haven’t actually got an answer, they just have name for the problem, which doesn’t overly help their baby.

On top of this my experience tells me very clearly that colic has many different CAUSES. Once you have worked the cause out then you can help you baby much quicker. So to some degree many of the babies I see have some sort of colic, but what sort of colic? Is it colic because they are windy from their formula? Is it colic because they had a C-section? Is it colic because they had a forceps or ventouse delivery? Is it because they don’t latch well if breast feeding?

Each of these can actually be a trigger in colic and I have many more reasons behind a colicky, upset baby that investigate. I will go through these in future articles. What I want to get across to you though, if right now you are feeling helpless with a non-stop crying baby; is that there is virtually always a reason behind them crying and it is possible to fix that in some way.

For example, often babies that have had a forceps or ventouse or a long, difficult delivery don’t latch very well. This is because they might have some tension around their head from the instrument delivery that alters their latch or suck. In turn they take in more air when feeding which then gives them wind or colic discomfort. Using cranial osteopathy I can very gentle help the baby with these tensions so their latch improves, they take less air in and the windy, colicky tummy is able to settle.

If you have any questions about your baby then 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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