INFANT HEALTH CORNER
by Dave Foreman
In the past few weeks on my new radio program
(streamed live M-F 12-1 PM EST on whnz.com), I have
been receiving several questions about the use of
supplements for infants. This has led me to start a new
section of my newsletter titled "Infant Health Center".
Each newsletter I will cover some of the more common
issues we face with infants and how to handle those
situations naturally. Our inaugural article is on Colic.
Anyone who has had a child with colic will
understand why: we need help, and fast.
Lucky for us, there are a few ways to go about
reducing and/or eliminating this problem. I don't
agree with the modern medicine approach of "just
wait - he (she) will outgrow it." Let them stay at your
home while your child is rigid like a board and
screaming bloody murder. Maybe they will change
their tune and have you look into some natural
approaches. Here are the approaches I look into:
If it were my child, I would use an infant probiotic, chamomile or fennel and look into what food
allergies/sensitivities he or she might have. If that fails or if you have good insurance, look into a
chiropractor who specializes in infants.
- Supplements - This is one of the easiest areas to
have an immediate impact on your infant. Herbs
like chamomile, hyssop, caraway and even
lemon balm have been used for centuries to
relieve the gas, bloating and spasms that occur
with colic. My favorites (I used them with my
daughter) are fennel and chamomile.
Chamomile is the easiest to use because it tastes
good. Fennel has a licorice-like flavor and may
be challenging to use-even though it works the
best of all the supplements listed. Giving your
baby an infant probiotic such as Natren's Life
Start is also a great solution. For whatever
reason, your baby might not have the
right balance of helpful bacteria in his or her
digestive tract. By adding an infant probiotic to
your child's food, you can often resolve their
digestive issues. Homeopathy may also be
helpful. Cocyntal (Boiron) is a simple to use,
already measured out homeopathic designed
to relieve colic symptoms like gas pain and
- Food allergies - Many infants have trouble
digesting foods we think they should be able
to handle. If you are breast feeding, try an
elimination diet. Reduction in gas producing
foods is a great place to start. Keep a journal of your diet and how the baby reacts. Often times
our children will be sensitive to the same foods we are. It may take some time, but the process
will be worth it. Babies fed with formula tend to get colic more frequently. If you are bottle
feeding your child, try a hypoallergenic formula.
- Prevent your baby from swallowing air - Good luck with this one. This may be another
reason bottle fed babies have colic more than breast fed babies. Keep your baby in the right
position and make sure your bottle doesn't contribute to the problem. Also - Burp your baby
more frequently. You may not notice anything, but she (he) may!
- Chiropractor - I know you must think I am crazy for this one, but if you have tried everything
else and are still frustrated - do it! My daughter saw a chiropractor when she was 2 weeks
old and it resolved a major digestive problem she was having. The technique used on your
baby is not the same as you and I would receive. You will be amazed by the results.