Colic is one of the biggest problems parents have with new babies.
Colic is when babies have air that is trapped in their digestive system. This can be in their stomach or in their bowels. This air can cause great pain in these poor little babies.
For decades Gripe water has been a favourite natural remedy used by Mums. It helps release the air from the stomach.
I have a theory that may help. This has been formulated from decades of experience with babies.
Let’s look at some background information first.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS is a great problem for many people throughout the world.
Symptoms of IBS are lots of
• wind in the bowel
• gut pain
In recent years researchers have found that people with IBS are adversely affected by different natural sugars in some foods, both fruit and vegetable. Therefore, if people with IBS avoid certain foods, these symptoms can lessen or be avoided.
Milk contains galactose, one of the sugars that can cause excessive wind, nausea and diarrhoea. Many years ago this was not as much of a problem as it is today. With the power of marketing, people are drinking lots of milk and eating milk products these days.
• coffee milk
• baby formula
and thousands of products that contain milk in their product.
Once babies were fed breast milk by their mothers. Those mothers did not have the amount of milk in their diet that mothers have today. In the last fifty years many babies were reared on baby formula, not their mother's milk. Baby formula is made from cow's milk which has specifically been produced to feed baby calves, not baby humans.
So I believe that one of the problems that babies suffer from a lot of colic is the milk they or their mother's drink. Lacteeze is a product that can convert the lactose in the milk into more digestible form. Adding these drops to the baby's formula or before a feed from their mother if she has lots of milk products, can ease colic in some babies.
Researchers have been working out which foods can affect people with IBS. Some people are affected by only one type of sugar while other may be affected by different combinations or all of the sugars.
When babies are started on solid food, it would make sense to me to start them on foods which are safe from these natural sugars which may affect them.
The gut of babies is very delicate. We care for their skin ever so carefully yet we do not consider their inner organs. These are even more delicate.
What foods are free from or very low in these natural sugars?
• lactose free milk products
Foods to beware of
Legumes, dried beans, lentils, green peas, sweet corn, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, milk and milk products, wheat and rye, onions and garlic
For more information about IBS check out the following articles.
• Why Goat's Milk is Good for YOU
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Low Energy May be Connected to FODMAPs
It is my idea that babies should not be started on solid food until they are at least 6 months. One of my children was 12 months old before he had any food except breast milk. He thrived.
I have seen babies turn from happy healthy breastfed babies into neurotic screaming babies that were affected for years by the addition of cow’s milk to their diet. I have seen parents turn into sleepless wrecks by these babies and young children who were in such pain as a result of what the Western world would tell you was a good healthy diet. I therefore question general thought on the subject.
Always have your baby checked out by the medical profession if you think there is something wrong. There are doctors, maternal and child health care nurses and dietitians.
In the Alternative health field there are naturopaths and homeopaths and other professionals ready to help you. Do research yourself if you are not happy with their recommendations. Keep searching until you find the information you need to ease your baby. Happy baby, Happy parents.
Fatigue is a symptom of an imbalance in your body or mind, or both. It is not an illness in itself. Fatigue can be temporary or chronic. Temporary means that it is short lived, maybe for hours or a day or two. Chronic means that it is around for a long time and does not go away. This may be for weeks, months or years.
People who are diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have long term fatigue, that is, chronic fatigue. This is an illness that encompasses a group of symptoms. These symptoms may be different for many people, however the over-riding symptom is fatigue.
For some people this fatigue can mean that they cannot work to the same standard that they did previously. For others it may mean that they can only get to work a few hours each day. Others people may have to give up work and can barely manage with general life. And there is the smaller group of people that are so fatigued that they cannot get out of bed for weeks, months or years.
If you are feeling fatigue it is a good idea to visit your medical practitioner to make sure that there is nothing major wrong with you. He/she can detect many things through blood tests these days. If they have no solution for you there are many other avenues that you can follow. But first you need an open mind.
Many people only look to Western medicine to cure all their ills. Many other people in western civilization seek out alternative modalities. Alternative modalities are also called complementary medicine or complementary modalities because they complement, that is, add to general medical treatment. Many people use only these forms of medicine. These modalities encompass the whole body and mind, and do not treat just the one or two symptoms that you might present with to a GP.
Alternative modalities generally prefer preventative treatment and work on strengthening the mind and body and not wait until something goes drastically wrong.
Usually these alternative modalities or treatments do no harm and help people considerably.
What do I Look for in an Alternative Practitioner?
If you decide to look for alternative treatment look for practitioners who have qualifications. Check who has given this qualification. It is also worth noting that there are some modalities where there is nowhere to get qualified. Sometimes you can get great relief from these people also. Use your discernment to decide. Even if the person is not qualified yet you here good reports about them or are getting relief from them, then why not keep seeing them? Why stop just because they do not have a piece of paper to hang on the wall?
Alternative Modalities for YOU to try
Many of these modalities may ease your fatigue. You need to find the right person that you can connect with.
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Spring and Autumn are the two 'change of season' times of the year. These are preparatory seasons, seasons where we get ready for the hottest or coldest season of the year.
Springtime has traditionally been a time of the year when housewives took to cleaning. They cleaned out the dirt and the damp of winter, the spiders and cobwebs, they washed the smoke from the wood fires and the dust from the curtains and the walls and scrubbed the front doorstep.
These days houses are not locked up as much throughout the winter. We are lucky to have the cracks in our walls plastered and heating turned on. Not so many of us have wood fires for heat these days.
Change of Season
However at the change of season, whether it is the Autumn season or Spring season, we are changing our clothes and our bedding. Because I live in the southern hemisphere and it's Autumn time here, I'll talk about that.
Washing Stored Clothes
As the days get cooler we start to get out our lighter winter clothing - long sleeved T shirts, singlets, jumpers, long pants, socks and a jacket occasionally for the rainy days. Let's not forget the clothing we wear at night - pyjamas, nighties. Let's also remember the bedclothes we sleep in - sheets, blankets, doonas, underblankets.
These clothes and bedding have been stored in the cupboard for 4 - 6 months. They get musty. When clothes get musty they can affect out health. People who have a low immune system or allergies or who get asthma must be especially aware. Mustiness can affect our breathing. Just think of lying for eight hours in musty sheets and pillowcases and in musty nightclothes. Make sure to wash all these clothes before wearing them.
Children and Asthma
Autumn time is a time when people, especially children get asthma as the air gets damp, the nights get longer, the heating gets turned on and the winter clothing comes out.
Wash the Bedding Too
I always find it beneficial to use this time to wash the winter sheets and pillowcases before use and to vacuum the mattress and under the bed before putting on the new sheets. This cuts down on the dust that accumulates in the mattress and carpet and makes for a better sleep.
One day I was listening to a radio presenter who said that luxury to her would be fresh sheets on her bed every night. 'Yes,' I thought, 'we always sleep better in fresh sheets.'
By washing the sheets we get rid of some dustmites and dust. We get rid of the residues of our skin and hair. We encapsulate the sunshine and fresh air into the sheets. These deodorize the sheets. All round, a good exercise.
If you have children, make sure that you wash all their clothing and bedding too. This is more important the younger the child is as his immune system, being underdeveloped, is more susceptible to outside influences. If your children get a good night sleep then you get a good night sleep too. The children are happier in the daytime too, and so are you. It is worth doing that extra bit of work to have happier and healthier people in your family.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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