Last week we covered Probiotics in Pregnancy and touched on how supplementing babies can help reduce the incidence of eczema and other allergies. But what about other common complaints in infancy? Can probiotics help there too?
Let's look at some of the usual suspects: Colic is something that has troubled parents forever! The worst thing about colic is that we don't really know exactly what causes it. Having said that, anyone who has ever tried to comfort a colicy baby knows it's usually tummy trouble so trying a probiotic would make sense. A recent study now shows that introducing a probiotic has seen crying in infants fall by at least 50%.
Another nightmare for new parents is reflux. (Not to be confused with 'happy pukers' it's totally normal for breastfed babies in particular to guzzle a little too much and then puke out the extra. It's part of their self regulation and why there is now a link between breastfeeding and reduced childhood obesity. If baby seems fine after they vomit you've probably got one of these!) Probiotics can be helpful here too. An Italian study has shown that probiotics can increase gastric emptying and therefore decrease the frequency of regurgitation.
Constipation is also a common digestive problem in small children. Studies have shown that taking a probiotic can increase stool frequency and improve the consistency of stools. It has also been found to reduce the frequency of faecal incontinence and significantly reduce tummy pain. Severity and duration of boughts of diarrhoea have also been reduced by taking a probiotic. One finnish study found that the probiotics successfully colonized the gut and reduced the duration of watery diarrhoea usually associated with the rotavirus.
In the ProChild study children were given either a placebo or Proven's Fit for School probiotic for six months. Children taking Fit for School had:
If you would like to know more or to discuss your probiotic needs with Beverley our registered Nutritional Therapist just pop into the shop: Nourishing Insights, 44 St Andrew Street, Aberdeen, AB25 1JA.
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About Baby Massage
Massage is a fantastic way to help with your baby's development, both physically and psychologically.
Benefits for the Baby:
Bonding: Baby massage provides a quality, pleasure-filled time between parent and infant. Through massage parents will pick up on their baby’s cues as they react to your touch and begin to communicate.
Colic and Constipation: By helping with digestion and the movement of gas, colic and constipation can be lessened with massage.
Restlessness: As your baby becomes used to massage and what it means they can often be soothed and comforted. Some will even sleep after a massage!
Relieve pain or discomfort: Massage can cause a rise in endorphins helping to sooth babies and it can even help with teething too!
Benefits for the Parents:
Baby Massage is a highly practical and empowering skill that parents can use from day one.
Bonding: In the West, we have somewhat lost our way with touch. Learning Baby Massage can be a gentle way to incorporate touch into your relationship with your baby.
Communication: Touch is one of the first ways we communicate with each other. Before your baby can speak they can still react to your eye contact, voice and your touch during massage which you can pick up on. Touch is an essential form of communication for the health and development of any baby.
Confidence: Massage is great way to build confidence as a new parent as you learn a practical skill that can be used to calm and sooth your baby during the trying times (growing and teething) that they go through.
Fathers: Often Dads can feel a little left out when the baby arrives but massage is a great way for them to provide nurturing emotional care to their baby. It can also give mum some much needed time-out!
About the course
The course takes place for one hour every week for six weeks, teaching in small groups of around 6-8. It’s very informal and there is plenty of time to get settled, relax and for your babies to get ready for a massage.
Each week you will learn a new set of strokes to use on your baby. In week one we start by massaging the legs and gradually work up the body. Each week we go over what was done the week before to gradually build up the routine and allow your baby to get used to being massaged for longer periods at a time. By the end of the six weeks (with some practice at home!) you will have mastered a full body routine and a routine to help with colic.
The 6 week course costs £60 and includes massage booklet and a bottle of oil.
Classes can be given on a one to one basis over three weeks, get in touch for more information.
Classes can also be given prenatally to prepare you for your new arrival. If you would like more information about our prenatal one to one sessions please call me on 01224 969637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can book online for one of our courses here.
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