Pediatric Common Conditions

|Colic

“Colic” refers to dysfunction in the digestive tract, which results in fussiness and crying. Symptoms are usually noticeable at 4-6 weeks old. A diagnosis is given when crying is inconsolable, lasting greater than 1-2 hours.

Here are some things that you can do:

  • Nursing mothers can avoid the most gas producing foods: dairy, citrus, chocolate, garlic and spices, gluten/wheat, vegetables in the cabbage family and caffeine. (Specific food recommendations can be given by your chiropractor).
  • If using formula, try changing the protein base from dairy to soy (or vise versa). Always choose organic formulas without chemicals, GMOs and high fructose corn syrup.
  • Take time as a parent for relaxation and stress-relief as your baby will “feed off” your tension/stress.
  • Rhythmic activities such as rocking, car rides, walking with your baby in a front pack/sling and swinging (by hand or in a baby swing).
  • Nursing mothers can take extra digestive enzymes and/or probiotics.
  • Tummy massage and bicycle motion with your baby’s legs (knees towards the abdomen).
  • Give your baby a warm bath to soothe and calm.
  • Peppermint or chamomile tea can be drank by nursing mothers and/or diluted and given directly to your baby.
  • Essential oils (Gentle Baby, Di-Gize, Peace & Calming) can be used to decrease symptoms, improve digestion and enhance calm behavior.
  • Chiropractic and cranial adjustments are very helpful to reduce nerve interference and release tension.

 

|Difficulty Breastfeeding

There is no better food for your newborn than breast milk. Every year, new studies show nutrients or immunological factors only found in breast milk that cannot be duplicated in a lab. Breast milk was designed by nature and is ever-changing to help your baby thrive.

Proper latching, sucking and the ability to feed easily on each side are normal functions that all babies should be able to do. Difficulties with these can come from improper technique, but often are due to restricted motion in your baby’s spine and cranial bones, typically a result of their in-utero position and birth. This can be easily resolved once normal function is restored.

Here are some things that you can do:

  • Gentle massage to the neck and head
  • Try different nursing positions
  • Chiropractic and cranial adjustments help restore the normal motion and function of your baby’s spine and cranial bones.

 

|Ear Infections

Normal function of the eustachian tube allows drainage of secretions produced by the middle ear and equalizes pressure between the ear and outside environment. When function is impaired, the ear canal does not drain properly, and children are more susceptible to infection. Common symptoms are pulling at ears, redness, fever and irritability. These symptoms are also common with allergies, colds, upper respiratory infections and teething due to increased inflammation and mucus production. Read more on holistic treatment of ear infections here.

Here are some things that you can do:

  • Natural ear drops (containing garlic, mullein and olive oil) dropped in the ear canal 3-4 times/day.
  • Massage head and neck, stroking from behind the ear to the collarbone.
  • Melaleuca Alternifolia Oil (Tea tree oil) massaged onto the mastoid process (bump on head behind the ear)
  • Follow *immune boosting recommendations (link to Boosting your childs Immune system)*;  Increase Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Dynamic Greens and herbals/vitamins (taken by mother if breastfeeding or by the child.
  • Nursing mothers should eliminate dairy, wheat/gluten, sugar and high fructose corn syrup (specific food recommendations can be given by your chiropractor).
  • If using a formula, try changing the protein base from dairy to soy (or vise versa). Always choose organic formulas without chemicals, GMOs and high fructose corn syrup.
  • Chiropractic and cranial adjustments help restore proper function of the ear canal and boost your child’s immune system.

 

|Fever

Fever is the body’s normal response to infection or illness. Normal temperature in degrees F is: Oral – 98.6, Rectal – 99.6 and Axillary – 97.6. The appearance and nature of the child is more important than the height of the fever.

Here are some things that you can do:

  • Maintain hydration with water, nursing, diluted/clear fruit juices, Endura and Dynamic Greens.
  • Make compresses with pieces of fresh chopped ginger, which can be used in a bath or foot soak.
  • Take a tepid apple cider vinegar bath.
  • Place cool washcloths on the forehead and back of neck.
  • Wintergreen essential oil (diluted with almond or jojoba oil) can be rubbed along the spine.
  • The homeopathic remedy, Belladonna, can be used to bring down fevers that come on suddenly.
  • Chiropractic and cranial adjustments to help restore normal function of the nervous and immune system.

Warning signs that warrant an evaluation by a medical doctor include:

  • Child is severely lethargic and not eating or drinking.
  • Less than 4 wet diapers in an 8-hour period.
  • Fever maintained over 105 degrees F, rather than spiking.
  • Any fever when your child is less than 2 months old.
  • Temperatures seen with stiff neck, difficulty breathing (not due to a stuffy nose), difficulty arousing and delirium.
  • Fever persistent for longer than 3 days.
  • Crying constantly for a prolonged period of time.

 

|Reflux

Spitting up and/or regurgitation are normal in some infants due to immature development of the sphincter at the top of the stomach. Usually this will resolve itself with in the first year of life. These symptoms can also occur from structural imbalances that can result from the birth process.

Here are some things that you can do:

  • Avoid overfeeding and burp a couple of times during each feeding.
  • Feed in the semi-upright position.
  • Do not lay your baby flat for 30-45 minutes after feeding.
  • Nursing mothers can eliminate dairy, citrus, wheat/gluten, caffeine, spices and chocolate.
  • If using a formula, try changing the protein base from dairy to soy (or vise versa). Always choose organic formulas without chemicals, GMOs and high fructose corn syrup.
  • Massage between your baby’s shoulder blades and at the base of their head.
  • Essential oils (Gentle Baby, Di-Gize, Peace & Calming) can be used to decrease symptoms, improve digestion and enhance calm behavior.
  • Chiropractic and cranial adjustments to balance structure and improve function.

 

|Thrush

Thrush is a yeast infection that occurs in the mouths of newborns. It looks like a white, curd-like coating of the tongue and inside the cheeks, which cannot be washed off. Thrush can also present as diaper rash.

Here are some things that you can do:

  • Nursing mothers should follow an anti-candida diet, eliminating dairy, wheat/gluten, rice, potatoes, sugar and high fructose corn syrup (specific food recommendations can be given by your chiropractor).
  • If using a formula, try changing the protein base from dairy to soy (or vise versa). Always choose organic formulas without chemicals, GMOs and high fructose corn syrup.
  • Nursing mothers can take extra probiotics/”good bacteria” (we recommend Probiotic 225).
  • Probiotics can be given directly to your child (we recommend Floraboost).
  • Nursing mothers should stop oral contraceptive use.
  • Eliminate antibiotics in the child or nursing mother if possible.
  • Pau D’arco tea can be made in dilute form and swished around in the mouth.
  • Soak bottle nipples and pacifiers in boiling water daily.
  • Tender Tush ointment applied to bottoms for diaper rash relief.
  • Chiropractic and cranial adjustments help restore proper function and boost your child’s immune system.