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I’m sure you have come to this page as you have a baby suffering colic or reflux or is excessively crying and you have no idea why! Do you feel helpless as you don’t understand why your baby is in pain, upset, crying or has colic? And you wish you knew what to do to help them? Does that sound like you? What’s even worse is there is a serious lack of knowledge and inconsistent advice, even among professionals, given to parents. Have you been given conflicting advice that just doesn’t make sense?
I have been helping babies for over 20 years and I love writing down all the reasons they are upset and how to help them. So much so I have written 6 ebooks on mother and baby health and more are on the way. I use scientific research to help to back up my experience of seeing around 30 – 40 babies every week in my clinic. I have seen many, many unhappy babies and I know we can definitely get them happy because I see them get better every single day. Check out a few of the testimonials from mums at the bottom of this page.
You will find these ebooks to hold answers for you as to WHY your baby is upset and how to HELP them. What’s more the advice will actually make sense to you! It often contradicts advice you have had from friends, family and even other baby health professionals. I honestly am not sure where some of the advice you get comes from. Like “there is no cure for colic”, “all babies cry”, “just wait until they grow out of it”. You do not have to wait and yes there are ways to help your baby be better now and even be healthier into the future because of how you help them now. All of which you will find out in these easy to read downloadable ebooks.
This free download is a list of all the CAUSES of colic, reflux and excessive crying. For example antibiotics are a huge cause of colic that can easily be fixed. You will see there are many more reasons and all can be helped and maybe even more importantly they help your baby’s health into the future too. I have written all of this down for you in my mother and baby help package (see below).
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It shows you a few very common reasons of an upset, colic, reflux baby and gives you a short video for each to explain more to you:
If any of this interests you then you may want to consider learning more about helping your baby and supporting yourself with my full mother and baby help package. Have a look at what it includes below. I can tell you it contains everything I use on a daily basis to help upset babies.
This is my full mother and baby help package which contains masses of help for you, including:
- Calming Colic – How to help the 10 causes of colic (90 page e-book)
- Reflux help e-book
- Quick Calm – Ways to quickly calm your colicky baby e-book
- New mums safe weight loss e-book
- New mums eating mistakes e-book
- New mums eating advice e-book
- Foods that cause a windy baby if eaten by the breastfeeding mum
- Food swaptions list for the new mums i.e. dairy alternatives etc
- Diet diary for the breastfeeding mum to track colic in baby
- 5 day meal plan for the new mum which avoids colic and reflux triggers if breastfeeding but is fully nourishing for the post-natal mum too.
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[BLOG] The many causes of a colicky baby
By Christian Bates
One of my pet hates is the common advice that “all babies cry” and to “wait until 12 weeks and your baby’s colic will go”. This is typical advice for a new parent. And if they were to do some internet searching for help with a colicky, crying baby they would also get information such as “there are no known causes of colic”, “colic is not understood” and there “is no cure for colic”. None of which I believe.
My 20 years experience as an osteopath and naturopath and the research I have done has led me to find that the causes for colic are actually known and understood yet not distributed at all to those that need the knowledge; new mums!
Colic in babies is similar to adult issues we commonly treat using naturopathy and functional medicine in that it is multi-factoral. So in the same way we dig deep to find the cause of an adults illness we can do the same for a baby.
The advantage with a baby though is that you can really only go back in their history a few weeks or months which leads to factors that have occurred during the pregnancy, the delivery and after during breast or bottle feeding.
There is certainly plenty you can do to help a colicky, crying, upset, not sleeping baby. Also let me clarify here that I’m not speaking about a baby that is crying because they are tired, need a nappy change or are hungry. The babies I see are excessively crying, the mum doesn’t know what to do, feels helpless and just knows that their baby isn’t right. So when they hear the advice that “all babies cry” they can really take a dive into feeling emotionally on edge as well as physically fatigued from lack of sleep. Combining these two can be contributing factors leading to post-natal depression and abandoning breastfeeding. And as we know depression rates are increasing and breast feeding rates are poor.
From a naturopathic perspective, there is no one “cure-all” that will magically make colic disappear overnight; which really is what a parent are looking for. I say there is no one magic cure for all colic because I don’t believe there is only one type of colic. In my book Calming Colic – How to help the 10 causes of colic I look in depth at 10 of them and I base these on both my 20 years experience as an osteopath and naturopath treating colicky babies and also on scientific literature that I investigated.
I had already seen patterns in colicky babies and had a mental check list of what might be a factor when babies visited me for treatment. Later I decided to look into the medical research and I was pleased to find plenty to back up what I was thinking. It really didn’t go along with the “colic is unknown and incurable” that most information sources tell you, particularly the NHS website.
Most parents are of course looking for the magic cure that will get their baby out of pain and let everyone get more sleep. I do believe there are instances where this over night success is possible but you have to hit the nail on the head with the correct solution for the type of colic the baby has.
Let me explain: If a baby has a real lactose intolerance then their “type” of colic may do really well by using a lactase enzyme in their milk, like Colief. This enzyme breaks the milk sugar down and stops the digestion discomfort. If another baby has colic that has nothing to do with a lactose issue then using this enzyme will not help at all. For example a baby with colic from antibiotics won’t respond so well to this approach, yet there is a very simple way to help them.
Most mothers consult me with their baby and say they have colic. Through questioning I try and determine the underlying causes of their baby’s colic and use the correct solutions to help. Technically some of these babies don’t have colic at all, it is just an easy broad term to say your baby isn’t very happy. Probably the most common “not colic” problem I see is some trauma from the delivery which causes irritations particularly to the baby’s head. For example forceps, ventouse or a long, traumatic labour.
I have based as much as possible all the “causes” and solutions to colic in my book on scientific research and with a open-minded holistic view.
For example, soon after I had finished writing Calming Colic some researchers looked at manual therapies, like osteopathy and chiropractic, helping colic. They actually looked at a number of studies, put the results together and found that having a manual therapy for your baby was successful. It actually reduced the crying time on average by one hour and 12 minutes per day. However, the researchers stated “but these therapies did not seem to help babies make a complete recovery from colic”. This statement I found so interesting because as a person who fully endorses using cranial-sacral treatment I would agree, it doesn’t fully help every baby. In a baby who has colic due to birth strains it will make a massive improvement, perhaps even over night, but in one that had less strains but antibiotics it won’t help as much.
so as good as a treatment from a cranial osteopath will be it can’t fully help a baby who’s colic is predominantly caused by having antibiotics or a number of other causes as explained in Calming Colic. The ideal treatment in this scenario is a combined approach using all the factors I explain in my ebooks. Which I might add is backed by plenty of science to help babies with colic and be safe. I always advise parents to just do every piece of advice I have, it doesn’t really matter which one works the best as long as their precious baby gets better and they all start to sleep more.
In Calming Colic you won’t find any advice on “shushing” babies to sleep, or other common tips like taking them for a walk or a car drive at two in the morning. These do help temporarily settle a baby but they aren’t actually fixing the cause behind the colic and who wants to regular take their baby for a car drive at 2 am?
If you are feeling helpless with no idea why your baby is upset and crying and no idea how to help them then these ebooks are for you. They will help you understand WHY and help you put in place ways to help your baby too. And on top of this something so important… What you do now to help your baby will actually improve their future health too. You are setting them up right now in a window of opportunity for better health.
I hope this article gives you a simple insight in to colic as I have discovered it. It is not a complete mystery, although it might need a little unravelling to find the causes. I have found in excess of ten triggers for colic, a few I see in nearly every baby and others are a bit more unusual but came along often enough for me to notice and decide they were still a valid factor. I have written about all of these causes in more depth in “Calming Colic – How To Help The 10 Causes Of Colic” and they have scientific backing where possible. Along with this I have written 5 other e-books to help in many aspects of yours and your baby’s health, including reflux.
Christian Bates qualified in Osteopathy and Naturopathy in 1997 from the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy. In 2008 he opened the award-winning Perrymount Clinic in Haywards Heath and he also won the CAM award “Outstanding Contribution To The Community” in 2013 due to his work with babies and for writing the book Calming Colic. Christian can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
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Don’t take my word for it. Read these reviews from mums just like you..
Amazing book!!! How long have we put up with people telling new mums ‘its just colic, it will go when baby is 12 weeks!’ Now at last calming colic explains not only the reason why colic can occur but also how to help it!! (or cure it) Wow!!!
I read this after my baby girl was screaming for 3-4 hours every night. We followed Chritian’s advice and we have a much happier baby. Im not making this up, when reading this book i felt it was actually written for us!
I have recommended to lots of friends and will continue to do so.
Honestly it makes so much sense. I just wish midwives and health visitors would start giving this advice. It would avoid a LOT of unnecessary stress at such an amazing time.
I wish i knew about this when having my first baby.
Thank you Christian!
I would like to thank you for your book (via my father). It has been a lifesaver! At 3 weeks our daughter developed colic. What a nightmare. I never realised how hard a colicky baby could be. I searched the internet for advice but it was all so non-specific. Then my father appeared with your book when our daughter was 5 weeks old and we haven’t had a problem since.
I thought your book was well written, easy to read but most importantly well researched and referenced. As a doctor I found it reassuring to see the evidence laid out for me to see. I can also see how a non medic would be able to show this book to a midwife, health visitor or GP and get them to understand your theories. I think this book should be recommended at every antenatal class!
Dr Louise Moran BSc(Hons), MBBS, MAPCS, FANZCA, FCAI, EDRA, PG pClin Ed
A testimonial for the Calming Colic book by a consultant doctor.
Thanks you very much for your book – brilliant and a relief to read and understand what is happening to my baby girl. All new mums should be issued with this book by the NHS on the birth of their child! It would have saved me a lot of stress and worry over the past few months.
Calming Colic made it easy to understand what was happening to my baby boy. Understanding it is the biggest step towards curing it. My boy had colic and Reflux. Rather than using the useless medicines prescribed, I swore by Cranial Osteopathy as recommended in Calming Colic. The most invaluable advice was given about taking probiotics following a course of antibiotics, this really helped. I have passed on this book to all my friends as it should be given out by GPs and midwives.
Excellent book for new parents. I teach baby massage classes and I recommend this book to all my mothers especially those who have babies with colic or reflux.
My son had terrible problems feeding from just a few weeks old and it started to affect his weight gain. After weeks of doctor and health visitor appointments and every trick in the book to deal with what we thought was colic or reflux, we came to see Christian. The difference in Elliot after one appointment was amazing. We were given probiotic drops and in the space of one week Elliot is thriving. The osteopathy also helped loosen him up and relax him.We couldn’t be happier and I will definitely be recommending this to all my friends.
Before we started coming to see you I was almost at my wits end with 6 night wakings and only half hour naps. It was exhausting. Literally the day after our first treatment session Laurie did a 2 hour nap. Things then got better over the next couple of weeks and we currently only wake twice a night and most naps are over an hour which has transformed my life! She has been a tricky baby with reflux and always needed careful handling but I think thanks to you we have turned a real corner and she is a much happier baby.