Colic is a bit of a mystery to health professionals and parents, alike. It is a term for a set of symptoms, rather than a diagnosis. WebMD applies the term “colicky” to ‘any healthy, well-fed infant who cries more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week, for more than 3 weeks.’ Professionals understand that it can be difficult to tell the difference between colic and normal crying. Pampers has a helpful list of signs and symptoms to look for:
They extend their legs or pull them up to their tummy
They arch their back while crying
They flail their arms and legs while crying
They have a red or flushed face while crying
They clench their fists while crying
They can sometimes seem to be in pain
They have a distended stomach and pass lots of gas. This colic symptom could be because crying babies swallow a lot of extra air, or because gas isn’t released sufficiently by being burped after feeding.
Baby Bowen Technique
The symptoms listed above can arise in a perfectly healthy baby which can be extremely frustrating for parents. Thankfully, the Baby Bowen technique is a simple, yet effective, hands on technique all parents can learn. Just 6 gentle moves done on a colicky baby can quickly bring relief and calm - to both the baby and the parents. The cause of colic is still unknown and hypotheses are wide-ranging. The American Academy of Pediatrics explains a stress response due to an immature nervous system as a cause whereas KidsHealth.org looks at digestion problems. The Baby Bowen Technique incorporates a wide range of possible causes by taking a holistic approach. The moves are focused around the diaphragm to stimulate connective tissues, local sensory nervous system and blood circulation.
The Role of The Diaphragm
The Baby Bowen Technique focuses on the diaphragm because of its lesser-known roles in the human body. An editorial from the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies provides a holistic description of the diaphragm, above and beyond the role it has in breathing. Other roles include: digestion, stability and regulation of emotional state. The Baby Bowen Technique can promote mobility and healing in the diaphragm to fully function in all its roles.
Great, Where Do I Sign Up?
The Baby Bowen Technique will be offered and taught by soon-to-be, local Bowen Therapist, Loren Boccanfuso. She is excited to open her downtown clinic this summer and bring Bowen Therapy to the Sarnia-Lambton community. Loren’s passion for Bowen Therapy has stemmed from her own journey of healing from chronic illness and pain. She wishes to provide this cutting edge approach to improve health, well being and pain relief - for you and your baby.
Please note: It is advised to continue or seek care for your baby with a paediatrician or other primary healthcare provider.