Colic – 6 Colic Remedies To Help Your Baby

Colic – 6 Colic Remedies To Help Your Baby

No matter what you try, your baby just keeps crying?

If this sounds familiar it could be that your baby is suffering from colic. Doctors often refer to the rule of 3:

  1. Crying for more than 3 hours a day
  2. Crying for more than 3 weeks
  3. Crying more than 3 days in a week

This sounds simplistic but does provide an idea of just how persistent this form of crying is. For many babies, it can happen at different times of the day, or night and usually develops between the second and fourth week after birth. The good news, it does subside! Normally by about 4 months, the bouts of crying begin to lessen and my 6 months they have gone completely. For colic remedies to help your baby then keep reading.

What Is Colic?

There is no real medical definition of colic, though most mums will tell you that it is very, very real! It can often be a sign of an issue with feeding, sometimes linked to intolerance in the milk protein, that can affect both bottle-fed and breastfed babies. This does not account for many of the cases though, as in most of the situations relating to colic there does not appear to be any intolerance or deeper medical conditions. There is a great definition on Wiki

Symptoms Of Colic?

As mentioned, the starting point is often the rule of 3, but there are other things that are linked to colic too:

  • Fussing, at different times of the day.
  • Feeding, changing or sleep do not ease the crying.
  • Crying can occur at any time.
  • Knees are brought up to the chest when crying, indicating pain in the stomach.
  • Tries to comfort by either the breast or bottle, but then pulls away.

What Causes Colic?

Although it is still a general term for a baby that cry’s for long periods of time, there is still not a clear idea of what causes colic. Some of the issues that are thought to be a factor:

Over-stimulation – Many babies cannot adjust to the stimulation of all of their senses. You will sometimes see that when a baby is in a room with lots of people, where there is constant noise and lights that the crying will be much worse afterwards. I have seen this in Baby Classes, and the only way that the central nervous system can cope is to shut it all out. It does this very effectively by crying until exhaustion sets in. It is a brutal response from the body and can be helped by ensuring that you limit the stimulation to your baby.

Reflux – Linked to the lack of development in the Pyloric Sphincter, this causes the milk to come back up after feeding, bringing acid with it. If your baby is spitting up lots of milk after feeding, it is time to get to your Doctor for some medical assistance. There are medicines that can be given to help and in extreme cases, surgery is needed, though this is rare. Again, for many babies, they will grow out of this as the digestive system matures.

Immature Digestive System – This can really affect the premies, where the digestive system has not fully matured. They can be very sensitive to feeding, both in quantity and time. Again, as the body matures the digestive system will develop and the symptoms will eventually go.

Food Intolerance – This can happen to both breastfed and bottle-fed babies. It is often the milk protein that causes the discomfort but it can really be any foods (if you are breast-feeding). I had one mum who narrowed it down to strawberries! If you think this is an issue, then please do consult your Doctor. If you are bottle feeding there are some great formulas that can help.

Colic Remedies

  • Change your feed – One of the first approaches is to try either changing your formula or cutting out dairy if you are breastfeeding. If the pain is being caused by an intolerance you will normally notice a difference in 4-7 days. As always, please do consult your Doctor or health adviser before doing this.
  • Baby Massage – The techniques on the tummy can really help relieve pressure, trapped wind and ease the discomfort. I have a masterclass, just designed for baby tummy pain. It covers my top baby massage techniques so ease colic, constipation and trapped wind. All of which your baby can be dealing with as part of the symptoms of colic. Constipation often is part of colic, as the feeding pattern can become erratic.
  • Baby Yoga – There are some great movements that you can do to relieve trapped wind, which can often be a cause of tummy pain. You can watch some great Baby Yoga Videos on my Youtube Channel or yoga moves specific to baby tummy pain are also part of the masterclass too.  The Baby Yoga Action Song of The Grand Old Duke Of York is a brilliant one, not only does the mix of song and action distract your baby but the movements help relieve trapped wind and constipation

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  • Get Outside – I found when my daughter had colic that one of the best ways os soothing her was to take her outside. The fresh air and sun always helped, though I also combined this with a particular holding position too.
  • Holding Pose – I was taught this position when my girls were born (I have twins), and it was one of the BEST SOLUTIONS for colic that combined with these other tips, really did help bring her some comfort and relief. It is called different things, but I know it as ‘tiger in a tree’. You hold your baby in your lap, facing out and then you tip her so she rests along the length of your arm, her body is fully supported by you throughout. This position naturally puts pressure on the tummy, which seems to ease pain from trapped wind (it is also a great way of bringing up trapped wind) and you can also add in movement by rocking or swinging.
  • Colic Drops – There is no real scientific proof that these work, but I did add them into the routine in those colic weeks. Some mums swear by them, others say they do not make a difference. I think, as with most things baby-related, you can add it into your toolbox and see if they help your baby.

Bonus Tips To Try For Colic Remedies

Swaddle – Again, some babies really respond well when they are fussing to being swaddled. You can read more on how to do this, and some of the benefits too in a previous blog on swaddling your baby. Although I found it essential for sleep, I did not find it that beneficial for colic. Though again, it is easy enough to try, so worth a go when you are struggling for remedies for colic.

Swings – As I mentioned in the holding pose, movement can really help your baby when they are distressed or in pain. A baby swing is a great way of achieving this and often allows them to also sleep, which is always a blessing when you have been up for hours trying to offer comfort.

Tips For Mums

Nap – Get rest when you can is number 1. With patterns all over the place during these weeks, you will need your strength.

Help & Support – Do not be afraid to ask your partner, family and friends to help. Even if it is to drop off some meals, do the shopping. Or just be around so you can sleep for an hour. You will NEED support during these weeks. I remember these days well, and I was exhausted.

Other Mums – If you are part of any classes or groups then reach out for that emotional support from other mums. Mums are an awesome tribe that will be there for you, and having a friendly ear at 2 am can be a life-line. I know from my Baby Classes that the mums are often up during the night feeding but texting or chatting in a WhatsApp group. It helps get you through those well known ‘witching hours’.

Helping You And Your Baby with Colic

The Masterclass combines my knowledge of 15 years as a baby massage & yoga instructor with being a parent. I know first hand how Colic affects your everyday. It is all well and good people saying it is only a phase, but when you are up for hours rocking your crying baby, those weeks feel like years. I designed this class to offer you REAL SOLUTIONS TO COLIC, that you can use TODAY. It costs just £9.99 and includes full video instructions which you can watch at any time.

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Baby Massage – Colic Remedies

There is also an online complete baby massage course, that delves further into infant massage. This course has over 100 minutes of guided videos, with a fully illustrated handbook and full support via my Private Facebook Group too. This is designed for you to watch at your own pace, go back to any of the videos and work through the course when it suits you. It is perfect for parents who are not able to get to physical classes. A full body baby massage routine is broken down into manageable stages, allowing you to learn at leisure. One of my mums, who has been to my classes previously took this course recently as said that it combined all the knowledge from my live classes, it ‘was as if Rachel was in my living room’! It is a very personal touch, one that I hope connects with you too.

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Connect With Me

Feel free to comment below, ping me an email or connect on Facebook. I love being able to support parents, through the rough and the smooth. I hope that these colic remedies are able to help with your baby.

Good luck over the next few weeks, I know how tough it is. Hang on in there, and know that you are doing an amazing job!

x

Rachel

7 Benefits Of Baby Yoga

7 Benefits Of Baby Yoga

I love teaching baby and toddler yoga, even after 15 years. The benefits of Baby Yoga continue to amaze me, and other parents too.

Although it is now far more wide spread than back then, it is still one of those baby classes that parents are often unsure of what the real benefits to their baby are. This comes up frequently when parents contact me regarding what is involved in a baby yoga class. Time to put some of those amazing baby yoga benefits out there for you all.

Benefits of Baby Yoga – For Parents

Yes, you too can gain from attending a baby yoga class!

Bonding – The time that you spend with your baby during a class is precious. It is really is just about the two of you, and this allows for building those deeper connections.

Support – Never underestimate the power of support when you have a baby. You really do need to have a tribe around you. Other mums who know what you are going through, who can offer that much needed ear to listen or shoulder to cry on. Most of my classes end up creating Whatsapp groups that offer support to each other. Many develop friendships that last years.

Benefits of Baby Yoga – For Babies

Brain Boosting – You may have seen from my other posts that I love how baby’s brains develop! One of the main features of baby yoga that make it really great to boosting that brain power is mid line crossing. This where we take arms and legs across the body. You can read how important this is for baby brain development here.

Body Awareness – How your baby learns about not only his body, but where is body is in relation to other objects (known as propreoception). Working out how movement can benefit motor functions as well as sensory development are integral to my classes.  For more information on how your baby’s brain is structured you can read my article on the baby brain.

Establishing Routines – Getting your baby moving can really help alongside other activities to sorting out some routine in your day. If your baby is a bit grumpy before bed (the witching hour as I used to call it), then putting in a couple of fun yoga moves can really help to tire them out.

Break The Mood – Even the best of babies can get grumpy for seemingly no reason. No matter when people ask – “is he hungry”, “is he tired” and you know that answer is NO! They can get themselves into quite an emotional state without much effort. How about some tools to help you break that cycle? Well that is one of the most surprising benefits, if you can get singing and moving your baby, they often forget what was making them all emotional in the first place!

Singing & Movement – I love the combo of using baby songs and movements in classes. You can watch one of these in action in my Baby Songs Videos, on my Youtube channel.

How To Get Started With Baby Yoga

If you can attend a live class then that is great. Buddha Buddies run a combination baby development class that offers baby massage and baby yoga. You can also watch lots of baby yoga videos on Youtube, or meet up with friends and have a go together. For inspiration, check out my Yoga Songs Videos and have a go with your baby. You can watch the great Baby Yoga Action Song Wind The Bobbin below.

How Baby Yoga and Baby Massage Compliment Each Other

I love using both baby massage and baby yoga together. The movement followed by a chilled out baby massage really does lead to the most relaxed babies. You can catch my online baby massage course below. At only £57, it really does cover everything you need to confidently massage your baby at home. Learn How To Massage Your Baby

I hope that you are able to start with some baby yoga with your baby or toddler, as you can see there really are some great benefits of baby yoga, not just for your baby but for you too. As always I love to hear what you think, so please do leave a comment below or connect with me on my Facebook Page.

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Rachel

 

 

Baby Tummy Ache Relief

Baby Tummy Ache Relief

There can be so many reasons that your baby has a tummy ache. These can range from a simple change of food to reactions to medicines. Finding baby tummy ache relief remedies that are all-natural is not always easy.

Firstly, of course, if you feel that there is something wrong, you must speak to a medical professional. A Doctor, Health Visitor or Obstetrician. The Advice here and in the books is to help you as a parent, they are not to replace medical advice.

The tips that are discussed here are for help on those issues where the underlying cause is either known or is a temporary condition that your baby is going through. I know from being a parent, and from 15 years of teaching in classes, that tummy ache can be terribly painful for your baby.


Baby Tummy Ache Relief

For more detailed instructions on how to help your baby using Baby Massage and Baby Yoga please see the new Masterclass, which has embedded video and lessons, to guide you through techniques that can help relieve your baby’s discomfort. This Masterclass costs only £9.99 and is yours to watch as many times as you need. You also get full support via the VIP Group too. 

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Baby Massage For The Tummy

Massage is well researched for being able to bring relief to many causes of tummy pain, both in babies and adults. By working around the tummy area in slow steady movements you can often help the internal organs to shift any food that may still be working through the system.

Massage can also help with soothing. Working not only the colon but calming the parasympathetic nervous system, which will help to calm your baby too.

It really is a winning duo! You can massage the area but also help your baby feel calmer, which often aids the body and can bring you some much-needed respite from crying.

There are so many benefits of baby massage, you can read my top benefits. Bringing relief to tummy pain is just one.

Baby Yoga For The Tummy

Movements that work with the body to help relieve gas or constipation that are suitable for nearly all babies. The key with any movement that you are doing ‘to’ your baby, is to ensure that you always work with them, you never force a movement.

You can grab the FREE E-BOOK which has some simple ways of getting started with both the baby yoga and the baby massage.

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One of the techniques that work really well is to use the legs to bring into the body. A fun way of doing this is via signing ‘the grand old Duke of York’. You can see how in the video below! Babies love songs, and adding in actions really is amazing for brain development too!

 

 

I hope that these little tips can help. For the full range of techniques then please do check out the MASTERCLASS, it is £9.99 and has all the videos and instructions you need to start working on helping with those tummy issues.

You can follow more of my videos for baby massage and baby yoga on the Youtube Channel too. Please do subscribe to the channel to learn when the next FREE videos will appear. You can find some other ideas for baby tummy ache relief including Baby Yoga exercises and Baby Yoga Songs. 

Online Complete Baby Massage Course

If you want to know more about baby massage, you can always purchase the full course – this has all you need to confidently massage your baby at home. Along with BONUS VIDEOS – covering Tricks for Baby Tummy Time and More Baby Yoga. The Course is only £57 and has full video instruction and access to the VIP group for support too!

 

If there are more ways you would like to connect, then please do head over to the Facebook Page. You can also post any comments below, and I will happily answer. These natural remedies can really help bring relief to your baby. They are easy to learn, fun and engaging for your baby and also will be great to use at other times too. They are suitable for all ages, so you can also try them with toddler tummy pain and older kids too! 

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I hope that this has helped and reach out if you need more information.

x

Rachel 

 

 

Baby Activities-Midline Crossing

Baby Activities-Midline Crossing

As parents, we are constantly amazed by how fast our baby grows and the new skills they seem to develop almost daily. As an Instructor, I have relished learning more and more about just how babies develop and how to incorporate these new skills into a part of our lives. In every Buddha Buddies Baby Yoga class I teach we include activities that practice ‘midline-crossing’. For me, they are an essential element of baby and toddler development, easy to do and repetitive (for embedding) and fun.

Why is it so important to add midline-crossing activities into part of your baby’s day?

Well, we all know that the left and right hemispheres of the brain control different things. (You can also look at our previous blog on how the brain is structured.) However, what is also key here is how the two sides are able to communicate. There is a bridge between the two sides called the corpus callosum. This allows both sides to essentially talk to each other. As each side carries out different tasks they need to be able to work together in order to coordinate learning and movement.

For babies, this communication is the foundation for later work on the development of such things as the dominance of hand and bilateral movement (both sides working together – i.e pushing and pulling).

So how can we add in activities early on in our baby’s development?

That is where our Baby Yoga comes in, specific moves are practised to enable the crossing of one limb over the middle of the body. Of course, we always make it fun and we never force any movement!

So to keep you going here are a few activities for you to try at home – or you can always pop along to a class or watch one of the various Videos including Action Songs that work on crossing the midline FREE on the Youtube channel.

  • Half lotus – with your baby on the floor in front of you start by taking hold of the right lower leg, now take this leg and move it across the body to the right thigh. Repeat each side several times. In class we also sing ‘pat-a-cake’ while we do this, adding other elements of singing and language into the mix!
  • Give me a hug – in the same position as before, this time take the arms out to the side and then cross over in the middle of the body, give them a little hug with their arms as you go. Repeat, this time ensuring that the arms move position, whichever one was on top is now underneath.
  • Hand to knee – with your babysat on your lap take the right hand and move towards the left knee. Repeat each side several times.

As you can see, they are all easy moves to incorporate as part of any routine. You do not need any special equipment and if you can, always make good eye contact, so you work on your non-verbal communication and bonding at the same time.

If you would like to know more about the activities or baby development, then do pop along to a class. You can also check out the YouTube channel, which has some great videos to watch on all things baby. 

Some Tools

I have put together a little list of some great baby (under 1-year toys) that can help with mid-line crossing activities at home.

Have a look at some of these developmental toys, you will notice that not only are perfect for adding in some midline-crossing but they also address other skills such as; problem-solving, hand to eye coordination and fine and gross motor skills.

Rachel Hawkes

Rachel is a mother of twin girls. She is a graduate with a combined honours degree in ‘English & Psychology. She is also a Complimentary Health Specialist, running a Wellbeing Centre and also is founder of Buddha Buddies – baby classes based around child psychology.

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Baby Action Songs

Baby Action Songs

Baby Yoga

As a Baby Yoga Instructor, I love the simplicity of baby action songs. A simple nursery song combined with some movements never ceases to bring a smile to a baby’s face.

However, did you know there is a lot more going on in that baby brain while they are smiling and moving?[

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Your Baby’s Brain

You know that your baby has the most awesome brain, every parent is always astounded at just how quickly their baby develops and gains new skills. Let’s face it, even at birth the amount of brainpower that your baby shows is pretty mind-blowing! (did you know that your baby knows your smell as soon as they are born – amazing and true!)

During the first year, the physical size of your baby’s brain doubles! That just goes to prove that they really do get smarter every day. Also, the area of the brain that shows the most development in the first year is the cerebellum, which is responsible for movement. You can read more about this in the great article by LiveScience.

Developmental Skills

So, how can we harness this rapid growth and boost your baby’s brainpower?

Doing – Yes, really! The main method of really working that grey matter and the method that works best for your baby is the act of doing, watching and engaging in something.

Action Songs

By working on song and movement you are utilising both the left and right sides of your baby’s brain. This really is a double winner for boosting that early development. Different areas of the brain are being activated at the same time! I cover various songs in baby yoga classes but I have also started to put them together in a FREE VIDEO SERIES over on youtube. You just need to grab your baby and you are all good to go! I have put one below so you can see me in action.

Singing, love it or hate it? Luckily enough, your baby is tuned to love the sound of their caregiver’s voice, so even if you think you are sounding horribly out of tune, do not worry your baby will still love it! It is another way to get other family members involved. There really is nothing cuter than a sibling signing to his or her little baby brother or sister! If you have Grandparents who are not nearby, you can always set up that Zoom call and get them singing too.

Movement with Song

Adding in movement during the song really is the next step in working that brain. Your baby will always love listening to songs you sing, but when you start adding in some movement with them, it really takes make the whole thing far more exciting and interactive, which all helps with that brainpower. There are various songs that are available, and you one of the joys is always making up your own too. I have listed some of my favourites below, but feel free to add in any that you know. The lovely thing is that lots of traditional ‘nursery’ songs work so well for this, and many of them are regional. It is a great way of adding in some real diversity and also family history to the next generation.

Other Baby Developmental Techniques

Your baby learns by watching and doing, so what other baby activities can you add into your day?

Baby Massage – this still remains one of the best ways to add-in soo many benefits to your baby. From bonding to singing, there really is a whole lot of techniques there to build that baby brain. You can start baby massage today with the online baby massage course. It has all you need to learn baby massage at home, all delivered in video modules that allow you to learn at your own pace. It also has full support via the private Facebook Group too.

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Books – reading with your baby, especially if you are choosing interactive books is another brain-boosting baby activity that you can easily add in every day. I have put in a couple of my favourites below.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep It Going – From Birth To Age 3

These are all suitable for the first year, but remember that your baby’s brain will continue to grow and the first 3 years at the biggest times of brain growth during our whole lifetime. There is more to read on how your baby’s brain is structured and activities for working both sides of the brain too. So keep going with those activities! You can check out more baby and toddler activities here and also how to add in some mindfulness activities for the toddler and beyond years

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Baby Classes – Which One Is Right For Me?

Baby Classes – Which One Is Right For Me?

I Love These Classes

I have been teaching Baby Yoga & Baby Massage for over 15 years and I have seen the ‘baby class’ market change beyond recognition. In many ways it is amazing, the choice out there for parents now is so diverse: swimming, massage, music, signing, gym, messy or play. There can of course never be too much choice – though perhaps it leads to confusion of what it is a parent is looking for?

What Do YOU Want From A Baby Class?

This may seem a strange place to start – but trust me it is a good one! If you are looking for a baby class then YOU need to decide what you want to get out of that class? If it is to meet other mums, pick up some new skills, learn how to get your baby more relaxed or to have time to chat and just get out of the house – they are all great reasons for coming along.

Where do I start?

So start with the basics – what do you want? What do I want my baby to get out of a baby class? Can they benefit in a way that I can clearly see? Then the logistics – where, when and how much. Again, don’t commit to a class that starts just as you are about to put your baby down for a nap. Throwing your routine to ‘fit in’ a class often does not work for either or you. Do not think you have to do ‘all’ the classes straight away, plan what will work for you both. Different activities will also suit different stages in the first 18 months especially.

What Now?

For many parents, attending classes due to Coronavirus is not possible. Several countries are still facing degrees of lockdown and meetings of groups are just not possible. Here in the UK, it seems likely that we will not be able to go to any sort of classes until about September!

For other parents, they are not able to come to classes due to circumstances; older siblings still at home, travel difficulties or even health issues. As an instructor, I am always approached by parents who for various reasons cannot get to a class, and until recently there has been little in the way of alternatives.

The Way Forward

One of the silver linings that has come out of this pandemic has been the amazing array of businesses take their offerings online. We can now learn virtually – from baby massage to making our own sourdough! I have loved working on taking all my knowledge of the last 15 years and transforming it into courses, classes and support for parents all over the world! I now have mums and dads watching my videos and learning all the skills of baby massage and baby yoga in the USA, Australia, Hong Kong and Germany!

We are all brought together by the desire to still provide the best we can for our babies, and learn those techniques that we were planning during pregnancy. As parents, we have all had to adapt.

Online Baby Massage Course

Learning the techniques of baby massage in the comfort and safety of your own home, the online course really does provide all you need to learn how to Massage Your Baby. From which oils to use, time of day to how to help create a great daily routine, it is all in there. Along with video guidance for each and every stroke you need, with an illustrated handbook and full support in my private Facebook group. The course is aimed at parents with babies under the age of 10 months, as those babies crawling can be tricky! All the techniques are suitable from birth and any questions you may have during or after you can just pop into the group and ask.

Getting to meet other parents is still a main component of classes, and the support in the group is just the place. So many relationships are relying on this virtual support, and although nothing beats meeting other parents face to face, it is still so important to have a forum to voice your concerns, questions or just catch up. This is part of any course or class with Buddha Buddies, as support as a parent is vital, whether you are a new mum or already have children.

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Baby Yoga – with Buddha Buddies

Baby Yoga is another great tool that you can add to your parenting toolbox, and I love teaching it! It enables parents to bring in movement with even the very young babies but adapts to all stages of development. A BB Baby Yoga class is all about your baby’s development. Think of Yoga as the ‘tool’ we use to highlight what is happening with your baby now and what will happen over the following months. Each class is different with elements that remain repeated, this is to embed the moves into your baby’s brain (more on this on the next two blogs). Combining movement, music, props and a great social dynamic allows your baby to transition through stages with you seeing the clear progression of what is happening – though, more importantly – you understand why!

Again, as physical classes are not available in many countries I have been building a lovely resource of videos over on Youtube. These are all FREE and this library will continue to build. Action songs are a great place to start and from the very young babies all the way through to toddlers they will love the combination of movement and song!

I have put one in here for you to try. Please do have a look at the channel and subscribe for more videos too.

A Baby Class For Everyone

I believe firmly that these classes will benefit anyone – the joy of course – the choice is yours!

Depending on where you are, there may be a range of classes running, but if not then online is certainly a great option. Many companies are also running live virtual classes, which again can offer more choices for you. In the UK you can always check out these great directories that list what is happening where you live, Hoop, Netmums and Class4Kids.

Learn More About How Your Baby Is Developing

If you would like to know more about the many and amazing ways your baby is developing then check out the other articles. Covering baby’s brain, structure, top tips for yoga at home, how to help with Chicken Pox and many more coming all the time.

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