Alternative therapy for infants

Despite a harrowing beginning, our little girl Chloe is doing extremely well and not exhibiting any motor skill problems at all. She is two and a half months old now, and I am pleased to report that she is a good sleeper, a good eater, a good player!

When we got her home from the hospital, she seemed to be an unhappy infant. She was crying often, had lots of issues with gas, and many times, her crying was with such intensity that we felt she had some residual issues from her birth experience. So, we tried some alternative therapies to see if they could possibly comfort her and help her transition better to being home with us.

One therapy we employed was craniosacral work through a well-recommended chiropractor in the area who specializes in children and infants. Her work was amazing! We took our baby girl in for 3 sessions and after each one, our little girl seemed to be blissed out! There was no cracking of joints or anything like that. It looked more like gentle massage on the head, but purposeful, with the objective of helping our daughter’s brain “organize” better. Because the head is what needed to be dislodged from my pelvis (Chloe still has scars!), she didn’t like her head being touched much. After this therapy, she seems to have no sensitivities to touch on her head at all. (This has made clothing changes soooo much easier.)

Another route we took was to explore the Anat Baniel Method for infants, of which our trusted neighbor is a practitioner. That also appeared to be gentle massage down the back and along the spine, but also very purposeful in ways different from the craniosacral work. (The two methods are complimentary and not in conflict, thank goodness.) This was a bit more difficult to gauge in terms of impact on Chloe, but it seems to have worked wonders with other special needs children, so we pursued it in case Chloe would benefit.

Finally, we consulted with a homeopathy practitioner, who is also an NP and so combines western and eastern methods. We got some lycopodium to help with our little girl’s digestive issues. We gave that to her for 3 days and then decided we didn’t really need it after that, since her gassiness seemed to resolve. Maybe the lycopodium helped.

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Chloe is now 10.5 weeks old, and a pure joy. She is meeting or exceeding the timetables on her milestones, she is generous with her smiles and playfulness, and she has a curious demeanor. As first time parents, my husband and I count our lucky stars that we seem to be coming through the other side from an extremely stressful and scary situation.

I also wonder if the intense crying, the GI issues, and extreme fussiness was just normal, something that all newborns go through, and not related to her traumatic birth experience at all. Maybe as first time parents, my husband and I just didn’t know any better! Our baby girl never fit the official definition of colicky (unconsolable crying for 3+ hours multiple times a week – good lord!!! I think I would have lost my mind). I guess we will never know. But in the end, I’m glad we explored other alternative options for our little girl – they didn’t do any harm, and they might have helped.