The gentlebirth.org website is provided courtesy of
Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, CA
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.
Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy
These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.
This chart of baby foot reflexology provides guidance for baby foot massage; this really helps some babies!
Diaper Changing Technique for Newborns to Reduce Colic - I
don't know any parents who've tried this, but it makes sense and
seems worth a try!
Treat Colic - intestinal gas in babies - a YouTube video
with Susun Weed, author of Wise Woman Herbals [Ed: Do NOT give
honey to infants (under one year of age) because of the risk of
/ HerbLore's web page about Colic provides an excellent
perspective about the importance of the baby's emotional
Remedies and Information for Stressed Parents! from ColicHelp.com
Note that the techniques of Elimination
Communication may facilitate easier bowel movement. In
particular, if it is painful for a baby to poop, you can help them
by applying GENTLE pressure to their belly to gently increase
internal abdominal pressure.
Massage May Help Infants Sleep More, Cry Less And Be Less
Allergenic Foods From Maternal Diet May Reduce Colic in Neonates
For babies who need to be held tightly, they might benefit from
the Cozy Cocoon - The Cozy
Cocoon builds on the wisdom of ancient and indigenous cultures
that understood the importance of swaddling newborns, and it
infuses this wisdom with the knowledge of our own times to create
the perfect answer for holding newborns close, with love and in
freedom. [Remember - their arms should be bent at the
Temple Grandin talks about swaddling to comfort autistic
children. She says that it's very calming for about 20
minutes, and then it can become uncomfortable after that.
It's not clear whether this applies to newborns and young babies.
Fussy Baby - Help for infants
who cry, scream or don't sleep
Natren produces a probiotic product designed specifically for
Start is made with Bifidobacterium infantis - the beneficial
bacteria which is most prominent in infants. This can be
beneficial for newborn thrush, newborn diarhea or diaper rash.
BioFlora makes a product called Infantiflora,
containing B. infantis, which can help with colic by improving
Our culture tends to be very undereducated about the importance of sensible postpartum recovery. Women bounce back much more quickly and easily when they are pampered for the first few weeks. And new babies are less likely to have colic.
Here's a good book to read BEFORE baby comes, because you'll be too busy afterwards:
The Keys to Postnatal Rejuvenation
How to Avoid Colic, Avoid Postpartum Depression, Experience Deep
& Profound Rejuvenation
"Many cultural traditions use the same principles after childbirth, the ones which statistically don't have problems. The language is the same - mothering the mothers with TLC, warmth, oiliness (internal and external), massage, simplicity, moisture, favoring sweet, sour and salty tastes, specific foods, freshly cooked (not raw) soupy foods, herbs, and of course rest - these are keywords to favor. The details even of these considerations are significantly more under guidance (and communication with/advice of your primary care provider is essential with pre-existing medical conditions)."
Here's some specific information about Happy
Garlic eases colic and helps to bring the milk in, too!
GERBER® SOOTHE™ – Colic Drops Probiotic Supplement - Ingredients include Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis® and silicon dioxide, similar to simethicone.
Castro has some good articles about colic.
You could try Colic-Ease
information about colic and baby-safe remedies
Well Tolerated, Safe in Infant Formula (News CME) - Feb 2004
- In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, infants
given probiotic-supplemented formula had a lower rate of colic and
use of antibiotics. [Medscape registration is free]
The new Tummy Tub may be
just the thing to help soothe your baby's colic.
Here's an excellent FAQ
for the Tummy Tub.
And be warned that Consumer
Reports has concerns that it tips easily and could be a
drowning hazard if left unattended.
CALM is an EXTERNALLY applied, herbal oil that alleviates
newborn colic/gas pains.
Rooibos tea is
purported to relieve colic in infants. [Search on the net
for lots of sources.]
Several homeopathic remedies can be used effectively for colic.
If your baby bends backwards or arches his or her back during a
colic attack, give homeopathic Dioscorea as the label directs.
- Chiropractic has been found to be effective for infantile colic!
Randomized controlled trial shows that manipulation is more
effective than drugs
Effective for Infantile Colic
Some parents swear by the modern version of Gripe Water, containing
ginger and fennel to ease nausea and pain due to gas and stomach
upsets. It is also available from Cascade.
I've heard of a new tea that is supposed to be a terrific
anti-spasmodic to treat colic. It's called rooibus - it's a
South African tea, and apparently it works wonders. It
to be available mostly on the Internet. [NOTE - This
is only hearsay, and it wasn't even clear whether the tea was for
the breastfeeding mother or the baby to take! Please check
with your healthcare provider first.]
Colic Relief and
Chinese Pediatric Massage
I decided not to vaccinate my daughter after I found out she had
food intolerances/allergies at 2 months old because I did not want
to cause more damage to her immune system. I talked to parents of
other kids with food allergies/intolerances and the majority of
them who had vaccinated strongly regretted it and thought it
caused their children's health issues to become worse. My
daughter's pediatrician also said that food intolerances/allergies
were a contraindication for vaccines. I had originally planned to
take the slow vax route and am really glad I researched it before
my daughter had any vaccinations.
The inserts that come with the vaccines themselves or the
literature that is published by the pharmaceutical companies
themselves all state that the vaccine should not be administered
to those with deficiencies of the immune system. Therein
lies the ambiguity of what exactly is an immune deficiency.
One can not truly know If a child is immune deficient until their
immune system is a fully functional immune system as that of an
adult. Some studies suggest this does not occur until well
after 7-8 years old....some studies show that the child's immune
system isn't fully developed until age 14 and yet others say
sometime around 4-5 years. When this occurs is obviously
a bit ambiguous as it can depend on allergies & what
type of nutrition one is surrounded by, antibiotic use, probiotic
use etc. What is obvious though is that infants can not
possibly have a fully developed immune system yet we are supposed
to be giving them these vaccinations that the pharmaceutical
companies own literature admits should not be given to immune
deficient children & there is no way to know that until they
are much older. What a farce!
CONCLUSIONS: Mg alginate plus simethicone seems to be more efficacious on GER symptom scores than thickened formula and reassurance with lifestyle changes alone.
articles on simethicone
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