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Hi, Christian Bates here. I’m an osteopath
and a naturopath, and I have been for 20 years, and I specialise in helping
colicky, upset, crying babies. And I just want to go through with you a few of the most common reasons that the babies I see are upset, and I’m talking about babies that
are really upset. And they they don’t need a change, they don’t need to feed,
and you’re kind of natural instincts are telling you that they’re
upset for another reason. So, I see babies that are colicky and windy, and
these babies can be so grunty and queasy at night. They could be constipated,
as in they’re not having a poo every day, and they could have runny and watery poos as well, but I see babies that are just generally crying, really upset, really unhappy. Some of these babies can’t stand laying on their back at all. They can’t be put down. You’ve always got to hold them and jiggle them around, and
then I see a lot babies are having breast feeding problems as well, and I’ll go
through the reasons for this and help you out with that. So, let me show you
some of the most common reasons why babies are like this and how you can help
them. There’s no single magic cure for an upset baby, because there’s so
many reasons they can be upset. But, once we know the reasons, then we can get the
right help in place and make them much, much, much better. So, this is like… this is
an infographic that I’ve got of all the different reasons that babies are upset. So, let’s have a look firstly at the babies that are colicky, and it’s obvious
that they’ve got some sort of tummy, tummy problem (excuse me). The most
important thing to understand with babies that have tummy problems is that
the gut bacteria plays a role in them being upset. So, the gut flora or the gut
bacteria is this: good and bad bacteria that we have in our bowel, and most
people know about this now, you can buy all sorts of yogurts with live bacteria in it. So, basically we want to have lots of good bacteria in there and not
much bad bacteria in there. And I’m going to go through this. It’s based on my 20
years of experience, also on science, so I’m going to show you a few of the
actual studies, and I know that some professionals watch some of my videos, so
popping a couple of scientific references in there is quite nice. So,
colicky babies have been found that they have got more bad bacteria than less good
bacteria so there’s a definite imbalance in a colicky baby compared to a non-colicky baby. And what they also found is that not only was there more bad – there
was less good! And sometimes they found that there was different balances of
other bacteria as well. So, their tummy bacteria just becomes imbalanced in some
way. So this is another study here – just showing that the different bacteria in the colicky infants – the bad bacteria was higher in colicky
infants than non-colicky babies. So, bad, bad bacteria high; low good bacteria or
different varieties of bacteria equals having a crying and upset baby. So, we can
lay that as a foundation, but why does this happen? And there’s actually…. there’s actually 6 reasons – 6 main
reasons – that your baby’s gut bacteria is out of balance, and it’s really common. Antibiotic use. This was the first one that I saw and why I wrote the Calming Colic book, because I just picked up that so many babies are having
antibiotics. Also c-section, stressful delivery. If your baby’s on formula, premature babies have lots of tummy problems because of this bacteria
imbalance, and then I just added on there that even being born in hospital upsets
your baby’s gut bacteria imbalance, because hospitals
have lots of different bacteria in them, and lots of other people are touching
your baby and they’re picking up these different bacterias. So, there’s some
antibiotic use, first of all. Many mums are told that if the baby gets the
antibiotics then yes, maybe they might have an upset tummy, but they’re really
told that if they get the antibiotics either during the delivery or whilst
they’re breastfeeding, then their baby’s fine, and the antibiotics won’t pass through to the baby. This is truly wrong! It
definitely does, so there’s some research that shows this. So, here we have this one
that there’s disturbances in the bacteria, in newborns, and it happens
after a premature birth if they’ve had a cesarean section, or if they’ve had
antibiotics, and they highlighted in this study that even with antibiotics that
are usually regarded as safe in adults, the babies were getting the side effects
of antibiotics. A major side effect that I see of babies that have had antibiotics is
that they have lots and lots of poos. So, they might do up to ten poos per day – watery and runny – and maybe every nappy has, has like, a little poo in it. And of course, they’ve got an irritated, windy tummy. So, that’s an antibiotic baby that looks like
that. And this one here… so this one’s really interesting, that after the
antibiotic treatment, the babies had only 10% of bacteria that they thought they
should have, and then it took a long time to grow back, and on there, some were not
established. They didn’t even grow back after it, so we have ways of helping
those babies out. And I write extensively about this in the Calming Colic book. So,
now we’ve got antibiotics causing this gut flora imbalance, which gives you a
crying baby. So, the delivery type. So, it’s well-known
and again I’ll show you a couple of research, some studies that the gut
bacteria of a c-section baby is different to a baby that’s born down and through the birth canal. So, basically these
babies who have no bacteria – it’s thought that they have none or very little
bacteria in them – as they pass through the birth canal, they pick up your
bacteria and that’s where their gut bacteria comes from. If they have a
c-section, then these babies miss out on that, and in actual fact, they then pick
up the bacteria from the mother’s skin, so c-section babies have a different or an
upset gut bacteria imbalance. So now we have c-section babies, antibiotics babies
that have antibiotics having a gut flora imbalance, which causes colic, or windy
babies – they’re upset, they’re crying, they’ve got a hard tummy, you don’t know
what to do with them. So, colic, we’re kind of generalising this bit here as well. So, interesting that even stress in you or stress for your baby can cause this
imbalance as well, and it’s important to know that the stress in the mum can be
measured in her, in her breast milk, and then in the baby as well. So, they all
kind of correlate with each other but that’s been researched and proven as
well. So, a few studies here that the gut bacteria of these new babies was altered
if there was stress during their pregnancy. Now I see all pregnancies are
pretty stressful, but we’re talking about ones where maybe there was some
intervention, it was a c-section. Maybe it didn’t go according to plan – ventouse and forceps deliveries and things. And so here’s another one again – these
different stresses affected the baby’s gut and different bacteria, and this one’s really interesting on this. Among breastfed babies, the higher
their mums cortisol level (which is the stress hormone), this was increased and in
the baby as well, and the baby had a fear behaviour, so I put the mad scientist here
from “Back to the Future”! So, what is a “fear” behaviour in a baby? Basically, a
baby that’s crying and upset and colicky, so if a mum was stressed, it passed on to
the baby and then that baby got stressed – fear behaviour, colicky, that kind of thing.
So, another study showed that they matched the mums’ stress levels –
matched, and then they….. as if the baby was separated. So, I put this tag
team -it’s WWF as it was then – tag team up on there, so basically if you are feeling a
bit of stressed as a mum, and then I’m sure you’ve seen it before, you pass your baby to someone else who’s not stressed, they calm right down. Come back to you, and
maybe they get upset. So they’re picking up on the stress. You could use that to
your advantage, and just have someone else help you and and take your baby for
a little bit of time, because then they pick up on their stress levels which are
lower. And this is another great study, that it showed that it’s not just passed
by breast milk. In fact, this stress is passed just by
being around someone that’s stressed. And they had this study where they had two lots
of mums and they stressed a lot of them out, and then the other ones they didn’t
stress out, and then they put them back in rooms with their babies, and the
stressed mums’ babies basically all started to cry, because they just picked
up on the stress of the mum. So, now we’re getting quite a few things that can
cause your colicky baby to be even more colicky and upset, so antibiotics, c-sections, stress and that stress passes via the milk or I just put via aura just
a bit of savings, but they… it passes just by being around them. So, maternal separation can also do it. So, if after your delivery your baby
had to be taken away from you for a bit of a bit of time, unfortunately, then they
found that that bacteria in the baby was upset because of that, and remember this
bacteria causes colic. So, and this was an interesting one
here – see this autonomic activity – that’s the stress levels in the baby.176 % higher, and asleep was eighty six % lower when there was a maternal separation, as opposed to skin-to-skin contact. So, skin-to-skin contact – great for calming a baby and also for them picking up the
bacteria from you as well. And I just popped in here that formula doesn’t have
in it the good bacteria, so whereas breast milk will be passing on the bacteria. But
it will pass on bacteria from the mums. The mum has to have good, healthy gut
bacteria as well, so something else I’ve seen is that if mums have IBS or some
sort of bowel problem, then their babies could be a bit more colicky because
they’re not passing on quite a good gut bacteria. So, you might want to take some
good bacteria yourself, and that leads us on to probiotics, which is how we give
good bacteria to babies or the mum. And we give it to the mum as you can
breastfeed and then it passes to the baby, or we can give some drops
direct to the baby, and this is what I use very regularly in my practice. So, just a few more studies showing that probiotics were more successful than
using Infacol, and these breastfed infants, and benefited from taking a
probiotic drops, and another one here just proving that when the mum takes the probiotics it does go into the breast milk, and then pass on to the baby,
and that is called a sort of vertical transference, and this other study shows
that actually happens too, so it’s a really, really nice
and simple way to help your baby using a specific baby probiotic. Now, this
slideshow is actually part of a slideshow from one that I gave to some
student midwives – about 200 midwives at one of their annual conferences and so
I’ve just left this slide in, so I thought it’s really interesting for you that if
you had a c-section delivery, your breast milk actually has less protein content
in it, so a little hint that maybe eating a bit more protein yourself to help your
breast milk, especially if you’ve had a c-section. Let’s have a look at some
breast feeding difficulties. Really common babies with poor latch. Most babies tend to favour feeding off the mother’s left side, and they struggle
with the right side, and this can be really uncomfortable for mum. You can be sore,
your supply can come down because the feeding is not going so well, and then
obviously you get really disappointed and very upset. You can feel a bit of a
failure, unfortunately. If you’re feeling there’s a bit of pressure, and maybe you
have to change the formula which you’ll try not to. It’s all a bit of an emotional time and I see lots of babies and mums that are struggling with this. So, let me show you the most common reason this happens. So have a look at this
lovely baby here. Look how this baby’s arching. Now, when you put this…this baby
gets put down, laying on her back… she doesn’t like laying on her back, she automatically goes into this position. This is to do with how she was
born. She had a long, fairly traumatic birth. She was back-to-back, so she’s
still in the shape that she came out of, and when you put her down, she goes like
that. So, you can see that this baby’s turning so easily for a long way into
her mother’s left side, but when her mum wants to feed her on the right side, she
really struggles. She would have to use the underarm rugby ball hold, and by using that rugby ball hold she’ii probably be able to feed off her
right side, but it’s not the mum’s fault, really. I don’t want to blame the baby, but the baby’s in this very tight position and the baby can’t get and feed
well, so imagine how hard it is to position this baby to feed well. And that’s all down to the traumas of the birth, and I use cranial osteopathy to just gently
unwind and take the tensions and get these babies straight, and then they
start to feed really well. And I’ve had babies in who have been told – or mothers
and babies – who have categorically been told that their baby cannot breastfeed, and
we’ve had them back breastfeeding in a week or a couple of weeks maximum, and we’ve got… I’ve got the testimonials from these mums, and it’s really wonderful and
satisfying. So you can see that baby and imagine that baby just would not be
happy laying on his back or being put put down. Like all these babies – little frogs or little meerkats that we’ve already seen the baby that would be a
little meerkat baby, who’s up in your shoulder. Really stiff. Looks like they’ve
got a strong neck. You know, how meerkats look up, and then this baby on
the left is a little frog baby. So, we haven’t seen this baby this cute little
baby here, and when you lay this baby down her legs come up like this
automatically every time, and they’re in a little ball, and they go up on your
shoulder, and you have to jiggle them at the round, so they they like to be moved
and they don’t like to go on their back again, because they find it uncomfortable
because they’re in this roiled up ball-shape, and this is a c-section baby. So
the baby’s inside you in a ball, and then you have a c-section and they come out
and they don’t get stretched out through the birth canal, and they
come out and they’re still in a little ball like this. So, we’ve got these little
frogs and little meerkat babies and they don’t like being laid down, and they can
be windy and refluxy. So, imagine you feeding this baby. Getting all that milk
in her tummy, and then her legs come up and they push all the milk back out and
she throws it up, or she gets a bit of wind and her
legs come up and now that wind can’t move through her bowel and through her
tummy and, you know, and it can’t get out so it’s trapped in there, and when it comes to wind – better out than in – in a baby. So, now we’re getting
this big picture of all the different reasons that babies can be upset, colicky,
and excessively crying. We’ve got these different birth patterns. We’ve got the
c-section antibiotics and then on here, I’ve actually got about the mothers diet, so I haven’t covered that today in this presentation, but I’ve got books on
the mother’s diet, the best foods to eat and not to eat. A really easy and a great
way of eating that actually is proven to make your breast supply better, and two of the books were all about that, and it’s how I’m helping the baby. So, we use cranial osteopathy, and here’s this gorgeous cute baby having treatment and loving it and all relaxed, and all asleep. I’d say this baby wasn’t
like this when she first came in. This is after a couple of treatments so she’s just all finished off and all happy. So, I used cranial osteopathy, we used the probiotics – I mentioned a lot about that – Calming Colic – the book goes
into that a lot. The mothers diet – I always investigate. I’ve written three of the
e-books on the mother’s diet. I’ve fiddled around with the formula. Basically, we leave no stone unturned until we get babies happy. So, everything I do to help
babies is in the book; Calming Colic, and six other ebooks I’ve written, and
I’ve done about 20 different videos about… all different… saying the same
topics of breastfeeding, the poos… everything that I’ve gone over quickly
today. Loads and loads of information for you. There’s Calming Colic. Another one –
another guide on how to calm your baby quickly. A reflux guide – common mistakes
that mums have made where they’re eating, and I ask all the mums that came in, and I started to ask them and record what they ate – about 40 of them, and it was
amazing the mistakes that were commonly made across the board, and these
deficiencies – vitamin and mineral deficiencies – and then I wrote how to
correct that. And we’ve got food plans there, and I’ve even written a weight loss
one, because mums were so commonly trying to lose weight after their baby, but you
don’t really want to be trying to do that especially if you’re breastfeeding. You
know, you need to be nourishing yourself to nourish your baby. If you’re not breastfeeding you still need to be being careful because you’re, you’re tired, you
know you’re looking after this baby, you’ve got a lack of sleep, so you need to be
eating really well. And actually, the way that I suggest is the way that really
helps your breast milk supply, but also it’s great for weight loss anyway, so the
weight loss would naturally be occurring. You’d actually be eating really well, so
I call that “happy baby project” and that’s all of the books together, and you
can read more about that on this page. I hope you’ve learned some useful
information. So thank you very much. This is Christian Bates saying goodbye.

4 thoughts on “The Most Common Reasons Your Baby Is Colicky, Upset and Crying ❤️

  1. The best remedy to treat a colicky and sleep deprived baby is Babies magic tea. I have used the tea for both my babies with wonderful results.

  2. Which of the reasons highlighted in this video are more applicable to your baby? Please leave a comment.

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