A note about Colic: Many books and pediatricians define Colic by the rule of 3's:
hours of crying
- 3 days a week
- over a 3 week period.
Does colic = crying? Is crying a "medical condition"?
my professional experience, I have found that colic is present for many different reasons. It seems
as though every baby I meet with colic has a different reason for the problem. Regardless
of the reason, colic is a SYMPTOM of a problem. Colic is not anything in
particular. Colic is an irritability, hyperactivity, dysregulation of some sort within your baby's body.
What causes this? A wide variety of things, from musculoskeletal problems to gastrointestinal sensitivities, and everything
in between. Regardless of the reason for the colic, if your baby is crying excessively, it is a good idea to try baby
massage, craniosacral therapy or reflexology to help your baby's body find balance.
held skin to skin, heart to heart, by parent or other loving caregiver
on the bottom or back
Being held while walking around (the movement can be calming
Warm water bath, especially in a baby bathtub such as the TummyTub
note about other gastrointestinal problems in newborns: Your baby may have milder forms of digestive problems,
such as REFLUX. One of my favorite neonatologists (specialized baby doctor) has said that "every baby
has reflux to one degree or another, it is the extent to which it bothers the baby that dictates what you do about
What is reflux? The classic medical definition
is the backward flow of stomach contents / acid into the esophagus. Most pediatricians will prescribe
a medication for reflux. Medication does not stop the backward flow of contents into the esophagus. Medication
does help change the acidity of the stomach contents so that the esophagus is not irritated or damaged by reflux.
Some medications help the stomach empty on a more timely schedule and help promote bowel motility.
From what I have
experienced, reflux is a problem with coordination, timing and tone of the upper digestive tract, typically the esophagus,
lower esophageal sphincter, stomach, pylorus and upper part of the small intestine. The esophagus contracts and
relaxes to move the fluid to the stomach, the stomach contracts and relaxes to aid in digestion and move the fluid into the
small intestine. The lower esophageal sphincter (between the esophagus and the stomach), when working correctly, will
close off the top of the stomach to keep the contents in the stomach, which prevents reflux.
can be caused by compression, malfunction or immaturity of the Vagus nerve. This
long and extensive nerve exits the base of the skull via two small holes called jugular foramen. When
there is any tightness or constriction in this area, your baby can experience a wide range of gastrointestinal problems.
As complicated as this may sound, a very gentle CranioSacral therapy treatment can improve this condition by releasing tension
or stress in this area.
The Vagus nerve is responsible for the proper functioning
of the stomach, abdominal diaphragm, liver, pancreas, small intestines, spleen, heart, lungs and part of the large intestine.
It is a cranial nerve located at the base of your baby's brain. This is more than likely the nerve affected if your
baby has colic.