Posted tagged ‘colic’

Doctor, My Baby’s Soft Spot is Hard and Very Small!

December 2, 2010

I bet there are plenty of mommies and grandmamas out there who look, check, and look again.  The first baby or the first grandchild is beautiful, healthy, nurse well and is such a wonderful ‘good’ baby.  And people quietly notice the soft spot pulsating.  Is this directly related? Why, yes it is.  The compressed infant was able to expand and decompress immediately after birth and the ‘good’ baby is the ideal, healthy, calm and happy.

Then with the next child or next grandchild, this baby is different.  There were some manageable diffiiculties.  Labor was not ideal.  It was difficult.  Baby might have been a few days to a week overdue.  Mommy may have needed an epidural or pitocin (a medication given to “augment labor” and shove the baby’s head through the birth canal).  The baby had some latching difficulties.  You had a lactation counselor try to help you, but the baby just won’t take.  The baby doesn’t open wide enough to engult the whole areola and ends up gumming your breasts.  The nipples are raw, cracked and you scab, nurse, are gummed and re-bleed.  The baby may or may not be fussy (yet).

You say, “All this from the birth?”  Yes, absolutely.  You try cramming your head in a vice for 36hours.  You wouldn’t come out without a headache.  You wouldn’t be anywhere near normal.  Try wearing restrictive head gear tight for a few hours.  You would not survive a day or even two.  Does it seem possible that an arduous birth process, far from ideal could possibly lead to early latching and breastfeeding issues, and later colic, facial eczema, and funny looking malformed heads. Much later on after accumulating more head trauma can this lead to developmental delay, AUTISM, headaches, allergies, ADHD and behavioral issues? hmmmm… How do I know all this?  Because I treat all of theses problems with osteopathic manipulative treatments and parents notice a difference.  Read and see the prior posts.  Look at the website with the great before and after pictures and even the YouTube channel.  Do you know of any other pediatrician who can get these kinds of changes?

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There is Something Wrong With My Baby!

May 25, 2010

I find myself  in this most unusual of positions.  I am going crazy, ready to pull out my hair.  My baby is 3 months old now.  I have not slept a full 8 hours in the last 3 months.  I am sleep deprived.  I am sore from nursing exclusively because she will not take formula and not even a bottle with breastmilk.  She is voraciously pacifier hungry; but I will not give in and force her.  I tried giving her one once and she spat it out.  Very rarely does she pass gas on her own.  She occasionally poops on her own.  She will not sleep on her back – she kicks and then starts screaming.  She cannot initiate sleep on her own.  She needs to fall asleep in the carseat.  Rocking the carseat will not do.  We have to swing the car seat.   And if that doesn’t work, more often than not, she needs a 3 mile car ride to go to sleep.

She has been treated by three different colleagues.  I have treated her myself several times with temporary relief and once given her a severe treatment reaction that had to be corrected by one of the three.  With that one exception, every time I treat her she is calmer, she nurses very well and empties me completely.  I can then fall back into bed for a 3hr respite.  When I was scared to touch her for fear of harming her, she was really bad.  She would not nurse and empty me completely so then I would have to get up and pump for fear of losing my supply.  She is now coneheaded.  Her anterior fontanelle is not soft, it does not pulsate.  Most people will say, “Oh, it is colic. She will outgrow it.”  Then they offer the standard advice.  Nothing has worked.  My baby is in pain. I know it. 

When other mothers come to me for help with the same complaint, I have not ever blown them off.  Colic is pain. Colic is headache.  Colic is gas.  I am able to help them.  Their baby sleep better, latch and nurse better, burp easier, reflux is reduced.  I freely admit that I cannot help my own baby.  I am a better mother to her than a doctor.  Why can’t I be both.  My Kathleen, the 20 month old – she got better with my colleagues’  help and I then continued treatments conservatively.  She sleeps fine without any problems.  Why oh why can’t Ihelp this one?  I have one last straw to grasp.  The opportunity will hopefully be available in 2 weeks.