Advice for mothers of new babies
Stimulate the baby to look in all directions (up down, left, right etc);
Encourage the baby to turn their head in any direction, by calling to them, or with a favourite toy or music. Also, encourage them to reach for something with either arm,
Sometimes put the baby down on their front for few minutes;
Change the breast you feed the baby with or bottle feeding position every meal;
After changing the nappy or after their bath, massage softly the muscles of the spine and foot muscles, using, if it’s possible, a gentle lotion. This is used to stimulate muscles’ receptors;
During colic attack, carry your baby on their stomach and massage their belly;
Use an ergonomic dummy/pacifier/schnuller, avoid thumb sucking.
After the first year, check the shape of the spine. Is there a clear asymmetry? Do they prefer to play on a specific side much more than the other side? Are the child’s limb movements fluent and coordinated?
How does your baby suck? Do they find it difficult to stay in a particular position?;
How well does your baby breathes, throughout the day and, above all, during the night? ( slow or fast breathing, noisy nose breathing, evident chest inflation, breathing with an open mouth);
Does your baby bring up food after eating? How often does it occur and, above all, is it immediately after eating or little later?;
How many times does your baby poop throughout the day, also, how is it? (too hard, too liquid, which colour it is…)
How long does your baby sleep? Do they have restful sleep, or do they have some sleeping disturbances which prevent them from sleeping properly? And no less important, do they seem completely awake after rising from sleeping?;
What about their crying? Is it interrupted, is it dull or does the baby change skin colours during? Does the baby produce tears?
Consider how many times your baby has nasal congestion or ear infection. Sometimes the origin of these problems is a mechanical cranial obstruction or internal facio-cranial tension.
Marco Pasolini, DO
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