Are you or someone you know pregnant? I would seriously recommend finding a chiropractor that is certified in this technique. I am currently pregnant with our second child, and this pregnancy I have been adjusted with the Webster Technique compared to the typical side posture move that I had been adjusted with with our first child, and I can attest that there is an amazing difference between he two. Not only do I feel more fluid in the pelvis, I just have this overall calming feeling after being adjusted. There is honestly nothing like it! I am currently 29 weeks and so far I have had no pain or discomfort what so ever. So what is this technique all about? The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment of the sacrum that corrects or improves the neuro-muscular imbalance in the pelvis thus increasing the potential for safer, easier births. Adjusting the sacrum via Webster analysis and working with the round ligament throughout pregnancy may minimize aberrant uterine tension, potential fetal constraint and possible malposition at the time of delivery. The Webster Technique was created over 30 years ago by a chiropractor named Dr. Larry Webster, DC. Due to the empirical observations that pregnant woman under chiropractic care with breech fetal pregnancies were reporting correction of fetal position to vertex following the use of the Webster Technique, the Webster Technique was described in its early days as a “breech turning technique”. The Webster Technique is a safe, gentle, effective technique used on all of the pregnant patients at our office. I was certified in the technique in 2016. Want to find a doctor near you that is certified? Check out the ICPA website to find a chiropractor near you!
First and foremost, what is colic and how do you know if your baby has colic? All babies cry. So what is normal and what is not?
Colic typically presents itself within 2-3 weeks following birth. Most commonly presents as a constantly irritable baby of unknown cause. More specifically, if your baby cries for 3 hours a day, for at least 3 days a week, for 3 consecutive weeks your baby most likely has colic. Some common symptoms of colic include:
- intense crying episodes
- inconsolable crying episodes with no apparent trigger
- arching of back, clenching of fists, recoiling to touch, and other physical/postural changes
So what do you do? Don’t fret there are a lot of natural remedies to try before having to go the medication route. One of the first things to do is to try and figure out the cause. Some of the causes include:
- Antibiotic Use during pregnancy, labor, or shortly after birth by mom and/or baby resulting in a gut issue.
- Birth Trauma resulting in nerve interference.
- Lactose Intolerance. Studies show that cow’s milk protein found in milk based formulas or in the milk of dairy-consuming, breastfeeding, mothers, is by far the greatest cause of colic.
- Immature digestive system
- Allergy/sensitivity to certain foods the baby or mom is eating
- A bad latch while breast feeding (La Leche League can help!)
- Baby not getting enough sleep.
Once you have figured out the cause of the issue, colic is a lot easier to treat. Still unsure? Start by getting you on a good refridgerated adult probiotic and your child on an infant probiotic like this one (both of which we carry at the office). Probiotics help build up you and your child’s digestive system by loading up the digestive tract with healthy bacteria to help digest their food better. This is especially helpful for those mom’s or babies that had to take antibiotics during pregnancy, labor or shortly afterwards. Next, look up the elimination diet, which on this website Dr. Sear’s helps mom’s figure out which foods they are eating are irritating their baby. One of the most common causes of colic are sensitivities to certain food groups. The most popular being dairy, soy, chocolate, caffeine, spicy foods, cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower and broccoli. According to Dr. Linda Palmer, when looking at food sensitivities, “The chief source of colic in 67% of infants was found to be an intolerance to cow’s milk protein. Additionally relief from colic was gained by additionally eliminating soy and corn (hydrolysate formula), increasing this figure to 84%.”
Another great recommendation is to allow the baby time to burp. As you are getting the hang of having a newborn, especially first time mothers, it is common to not give the baby adequate time to burp, which will lead the baby to be gassy and irritable. How often should you burp a colicky newborn? It is recommended with bottle deeding that parents try to burp their baby after every ounce. Alternatively, with a breastfed baby attempt to burp after they come off the breast for a rest or when they complete draining the breast.
Herbal teas and colic mixtures are another natural way to help combat colic symptoms. “Weleda” and “Holle” are great tea formulas that can be taken by the mother and baby once cooled through a bottle. Fennel is also another great herbal option. A study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine found that fennel seed oil eliminated colic in 65% of infants without side effects.
Another great option would be get your child to a chiropractor. Chiropractic adjustments are a proven effective technique to help combat colic symptoms. A lot of the time, colicky babies have a disturbance in their cervical and thoracic spine’s that can be alleviated easily by a chiropractic adjustment. According to one of the many studies found in the Journal of Manipulative Physio Therapy, parents typically see results within 3 treatments, which stabilize within four weeks. Another study found out of 316 infants over a period of 2 weeks of treatment (usually 3 visits), 94% of the infants showed a successful rating when compared with the other group of babies. The other group of babies medicated for treatment using Dimethicone drops, improved by only 38%.
Lastly, another great way to help combat the gas associated with colic is to get your child on his or her stomach will help to alleviate the discomfort your baby is feeling. You can also hold your child across your forearm to offer some therapeutic relief for the child. There are also some great massage technique’s to help relieve gas that is associated with colic which you can ask your chiropractor how to perform.
- How to Have Well Adjusted Babies by Dr. Jennifer Barham-Floreani
Now that a lot of my friends and I are mothers, I hear a lot about kids coming down with ear infections. When children are young, their bodies are still developing. A lot of the time when a child gets an ear infection it is because the fluid in their ears are not draining properly. One way to help the ears drain properly is to get your child checked by a chiropractor to see if they have an upper cervical (neck) restriction. When there is an upper cervical (neck) restriction, the fluid in the ears can not drain properly, so the fluid pools. Now every day we are constantly fighting off bacterial and viruses that we didn’t even know about because our bodies are amazing at naturally fighting off infection. If that fluid in the ear can not drain, it is basically a pool of fluid filled with bacteria. (think of what your kid picks up on a daily basis, and how often his or her hands are touching around their face and ears). Another way is to make sure you keep their immune system working at its prime. Make sure your child is getting plenty of fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Limit their sugar and processed food intake. Make sure your child is taking a multivitamin and probiotic supplement (70% of your immune system is in your gut….we will get to that on another post). Lastly, make sure they are drinking plenty of water (that doesn’t include juice) and getting at least 8 hours of sleep at night!
If you child does develop an ear infection there are many natural ways to treat them. One way is by using garlic and mullein drops, which have natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. The brand we use is Wise Women Herbals. Of course, we always recommend to have your child checked by a chiropractor to make sure her spine and body are working at its best to fight off infection. Additionally, you can use WARM (not hot) compresses against the child’s ear for 10 minutes. You can also raise their mattress so that it promotes better drainage. Lastly, if you are breastfeeding, breast milk is the ultimate cure all, and although it sounds strange put a few drops in the ear to help naturally combat the infection!
A promising study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics indicates that there is a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the resolution of ear infections. 332 children with chronic ear infections participated in the study. Each child, ranging in age from 27 days to 5 years, was given a series of chiropractic adjustments. The results show that close to 80% of the children did not experience another ear infection within the six-month period following their initial visits. The six-month period included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks. Joan M. Fallon, D.C., the author of the study and the chiropractor who treated the children in the study, states that this pilot study can serve as a starting point from which the chiropractic profession can begin to examine its role in the treatment of children with chronic ear infections. She asserts that large-scale clinical trials need to be undertaken in the field.
Even a natural birthing process can be traumatic for your precious newborn. Dr. Ashley will gently check your baby, making sure that there are no effects from labor and delivery on your child’s heath. We feel it’s imperative for all children to be checked by a chiropractor throughout their childhood to ensure that the child’s nervous system and immune system are functioning optimally.
As your child continues to grow, we want to make sure they can develop properly. Birth trauma, improperly carrying your baby and excessive time in seats (car seats, bouncers, bumbos, jumpers, etc.) can cause spinal misalignments. These problems often present themselves as common childhood health complaints that include the ear, nose, throat, digestive issues, sleeping difficulty, and irritability. Learning to walk, repeated bumps and falls, sports, dance, texting and carrying heavy backpacks can all lead to spinal misalignments in children. Through chiropractic care, we can help your child feel great and function optimally so they can enjoy each year as they grow.
Children receive chiropractic care that is completely different than that of an adult. Our light, gentle adjustments are safe for babies and children. If you’ve seen us during your pregnancy, we’re happy to check your baby after they’re born to make sure their spines are in proper alignment.
Here are some benefits to pediatric chiropractic care:
1.) Improved Sleeping
2.) Improved behavior and attitude
3.) Improved Immune system function
4.) Some conditions proven to be alleviated by Chiropractic: ADHD, Colic, Asthma, Ear Infections, Bed Wetting, Falls, Acid and Silent Reflux
Your baby deserves to have the healthiest start. Contact our office today to find out how we can help ensure their best future. “If the twig is bent, so grows the tree.”
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