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Why Doesn’t My Baby Sleep At Night?

Six Reasons Why Babies Don’t Sleep At Night

Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Gemma Crouch shares six reasons why babies don’t sleep at night.

Is your baby up all night and sleeps all day? You are not alone.

During pregnancy, your baby develops a sleep-wake cycle based on your normal heart rate and activity. If you were active a lot during the night time, such as getting up to urinate often or standing up to relieve some discomfort, then it is likely that your baby has fallen into a similar routine of night time waking.

There are many other reasons, however, why a baby may not sleep at night. Chiropractic can help with some of these reasons and a chiropractic check-up is recommended if you think they apply to your baby. Here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne we see many young babies – much to the surprise of some of our other guests!

 Reason #1: Your Baby Is Uncomfortable

The 1992 American Paediatric campaign ‘Back to Sleep’ recommended that all babies should be placed on their back to get to sleep. If babies are left for long periods of time, such as at night time, or have trouble to remain comfortable in this position, they can become irritable and find it difficult to sleep.

Signs that your baby does not like lying on their back:

  • Arching their back as if in discomfort
  • Lifting their legs up as if in pain
  • Irritability that is consoled with a change in position

If your baby shows one or more of these signs, it could indicate that your baby is suffering from a musculoskeletal (muscles and joints) problem. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to relieve these types of problems in babies.

Reason #2: Your Baby Experienced Birth Trauma

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Gemma with a young guest

Entry into this world can be a very difficult experience for your little one, even with a natural birth. Intrauterine constraint, back-to-back delivery, breech position and as assisted delivery (such as C-section or forceps) can all cause the delicate musculoskeletal system of your infant to become irritated.

Signs that your baby has a musculoskeletal problem due to birth trauma:

  • A dislike to lying on their back
  • Not easily settled to sleep and waking frequently
  • Irritability
  • A preference to looking one way
  • A preference to lying and feeding upright

If your baby shows one or more of these signs, it may indicate that your baby is suffering from a musculoskeletal problem related to birth trauma. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to help relieve these types of musculoskeletal problems in babies.  Treatments I use are modified to suit babies and young children, they are very gentle and controlled.

Reason #3: Your Baby Is Hungry

The most common reason for a baby to wake at night is due to hunger. Parents should be able to recognise the specific crying and behaviour when their baby is hungry. An irritable cry is more high-pitched.

Night feeds should take place at regular intervals and preferably at a similar time each night. It is best to feed your baby in a cool, calm and quiet environment to avoid over-stimulating your baby.

Reason #4: Your Baby Has Started Teething

At around 3-6 months of age, your baby will start teething. This can make your baby very irritable and cause them to frequently wake during the night. Often, your baby will have a slightly red colour to their cheeks. You may also notice your baby drools or chews on their fingers. Speak to your pharmacist or GP for advice on pain relief for your baby

Reason #5: Your Baby Is Overly Tired

Babies tend to settle to sleep quicker when they have specific sleeping routines and are encouraged to be active during the day. Here are some useful tips to resettling your baby’s internal clock:

  • Wake your baby at similar times every morning
  • Change your baby out of their night clothes soon after waking them
  • Play with them as much as you can during the day and ensure that Tummy Time and all other activities with your child are supervised
  • Keep the room where your baby sleeps at night as cool and as dark as possible

Reason #6: Your Baby May Have Digestive Problems

Excessive gas and reflux can cause discomfort for your baby and disrupt their sleep. After feeds, gentle massage and winding can relieve some of your baby’s discomfort. It is important, however, to be aware of the signs of allergy or intolerance. Seek advice from your doctor if you suspect your child has a food allergy or intolerance.

If you want to find out more about how chiropractic care can help your child or to make an appointment, visit your local Eastbourne Chiropractor at Lushington Chiropractic to find out more.

Thanks for reading,

Gemma

Eastbourne Chiropractor: A Case of Knee Arthritis

What is Knee Arthritis and How Does Chiropractic Care Help?

Eastbourne chiropractor Dr Gemma Crouch shares how chiropractic care can help relieve knee pain from arthritis. This is done through two case studies which describes the journey of many people who receive chiropractic care for knee arthritis pain relief.

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Eastbourne Chiropractor Gemma Crouch

Here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne we see a number of people suffering from arthritis and know just how much it can affect different aspects of your life. There are approximately 360 joints in the human body and one of the major joints targeted by arthritis is the knee. So, what really is arthritis?

Arthritis, put simply, is inflammation of a joint. There are many different types of arthritis with the most common being osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is wear and tear of a joint which most of us will suffer from as we get older. This case study looks at how ‘Mr C’ and ‘Mrs T’, fictitious characters based on guests I have seen in practice with knee arthritis, have experienced pain relief from chiropractic care.

Mr C

Mr C is 55 and came to see me in the clinic about his left knee pain and stiffness. He told me that he has suffered from knee pain on-and-off for 15 years or so. It started gradually and has become worse over the last five years and now stops him from doing most things. He used to play a lot of sports but as his knee pain became worse, he had to stop which meant he could no longer participate in his local cricket team. Mr C is also a keen gardener but struggles now with his knee to stay out for longer than half an hour at a time and notices that his knee pain is worse in the evenings. Mr C was told by his doctor that pain medication and a knee replacement was the most likely treatment for his type of knee arthritis.

Mrs T

Mrs T is 68 and came to see me in the clinic about her right knee pain and stiffness. She has suffered from knee pain on-and-off for 7 years and has noticed that it has become worse in the last 3 years and now feels like her knee clicks and grinds a lot. Mrs T and her husband are keen walkers in their spare time but these days she cannot walk more than 15 minutes without her knee starting to hurt. She told me that it is also painful to walk up and down the stairs in her house and feels like her knee gives way sometimes. Mrs T also told me that when she saw a specialist, they told her that she has osteoarthritis in her right knee and the only treatment was pain medication and a knee replacement surgery.

These two cases are common stories we hear in the chiropractic clinic for people who suffer with knee pain from arthritis. The aim of chiropractic care for people with knee arthritis is to improve the function and mobility of the knee joint itself and the surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Chiropractors believe that the body acts a functional unit and therefore we look at the body as a whole and consider all aspects to see if your ankles, hips and spine are affected by the pain in your knee. So, what is the treatment?

Most cases of knee pain caused by arthritis respond very well to conservative care provided by a chiropractor. The treatment usually involves a few different techniques to target specific areas. These include chiropractic adjustments which are gentle and direct to help restore mobility into the joints, myofascial release which relieves tension in the surrounding soft tissues and functional rehabilitation which involves exercises to help you prevent knee pain in the future.

Since receiving treatment, Mr C is now able to spend as much time as he wants in the garden without being restricted with his knee pain. Mrs T is able to return to her walking sessions with her husband and is back to her normal walking distance and feels much more confident walking up and down her stairs at home.

If you want to find out more about how chiropractic care can help you to improve your quality of life by reducing knee pain from arthritis or to make an appointment, visit Lushington Chiropractic to find out more.

Thanks for reading,

Gemma Crouch

 

Eastbourne Chiropractor for Babies

An Insight into Chiropractic Care for Babies and Young Children from an Eastbourne Chiropractor for Babies

Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Gemma Crouch shares her insight into chiropractic care for little ones.

People are often surprised when they see parents with babies and young children in the reception area at Lushington Chiropractic ready for their adjustments. I often get asked why a baby would need to see a chiropractor and what is involved in their care. Therefore, I decided to write a blog to share some information, Eastbourne Chiropractor for babies…

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Eastbourne Chiropractor for Babies

Why Should My Baby see a Chiropractor?

H Bierdermann, a German orthopaedic practitioner, has explained that young children in the earliest stages of development go through two significant changes to their musculoskeletal (muscles and bones) system in early life.

The first is the birthing process.

Birth can be a very difficult experience for a baby, including natural births. Assisted deliveries such as forceps/ventouse or C-section, can increase the distress they experience. New-borns, as a result, are often very unsettled after delivery.

The musculoskeletal system in a baby and young child is very delicate. This means that biomechanical irritation to their muscles and joints is common. A check-up is often recommended at this stage.

Image shows young baby asleep with his arms by his head to accompany the blog Eastbourne Chiropractor for babies by Gemma Crouch

Chiropractic care for babies and young children is modified and involves very gentle adjustments of the spine without causing harm

The second major change occurs with an upright posture when a child starts to master walking.

The developmental transition from crawling on four bases to walking on two, changes the biomechanical properties of a child’s musculoskeletal system. The spine and pelvis become the new weight bearing structures with muscles and joints surrounding these structures playing new roles. It is inevitable that some bumps and falls may happen, and with the new biomechanical changes to a delicate musculoskeletal system, a check-up is also recommended at this stage.

Before a child’s last major growth spurt at 11-13 years of age, children are most at risk of developmental irregularities which can progress in later life if not attended to at an early age. For example, young children may have a delayed onset of walking simply because the pelvis and spine are not functioning as effectively as they should due to increased tension and strain on the joints making walking very difficult for them.

What Does a Chiropractor Do?

Chiropractors are specialists in musculoskeletal conditions, such as increased tension and problems with muscles and joints. For babies and young children, musculoskeletal conditions can present themselves in many ways. For example, at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, I see a lot of unexplained crying and irritability, difficulty settling to sleep, looking to one side only and a dislike to lying on their back to sleep.

Occasionally, I also see infants who have difficulties with breastfeeding or who have a preference to one breast over the other because turning their neck to one side causes them discomfort.

A delay in motor milestones such as Tummy Time, crawling or walking can indicate that the muscles and joints in a child’s musculoskeletal system are not functioning as well as they should.

 What Does Chiropractic Treatment for Babies and Children Involve?

The treatment I use is modified, very gentle and suitably controlled for babies and young children. I will always explain to you what is going on and talk you through your child’s treatment plan.

Young children often respond very well to chiropractic care and you may notice some changes quickly. Chiropractic adjustments are suitable for babies and children of all ages and do not cause any harm.

If you want to find out more about how chiropractic care can help your child or if you have any questions or concerns, I am always happy to provide a complimentary chat.

If you would like to make an appointment for your baby with Gemma at the clinic in Eastbourne, click here to find out more.

Thanks for reading

Gemma

 

 

 

 

Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D the sunshine vitamin, is one of the most popular vitamins in nutrition discussed by the British media during the winter months. You may or may not have heard reports about the benefits of vitamin D. Eastbourne chiropractor Gemma Crouch has written this blog sum it up together and provide you with some key information.

What is Vitamin D?

Eastbourne Chiropractor Gemma Crouch captures a sunny day by the seaside to accompany her blog on Vitamin D the sunshine vitamin.

So, you may be wondering what all the fuss us about.

When our skin is exposed to ultraviolet-B (UVB) sunlight, vitamin D3 is created on the surface of the skin. When it enters the body, it is transported to the liver via the bloodstream where it is converted into the hormone Calcitriol.

Calcitriol circulates in the blood and helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate nutrients in the body which are essential nutrients in the optimal function of the neuromuscular (nerves and muscles) and immune systems.

What is Vitamin D Deficiency?

Health experts say that vitamin D deficiency is the most severe of the vitamin deficiencies. There an estimated 1 billion people worldwide who have vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency.

A lack of vitamin D can lead to muscle weakness, bone deformities in children (rickets), and a weakening of the bones in adults (osteomalacia). Osteomalacia has also been shown to be associated with isolated or general bone pain.

A blood test is the most reliable way to detect if you are deficient in vitamin D.

Who is at Risk of Vitamin D Deficiency?

Some people who have little or no exposure to sunlight are at risk of developing vitamin D deficiency. People with darker skin are also less likely to receive adequate sunlight intake of vitamin D due to the levels of melanin in the skin which block the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Sources of Vitamin D the sunshine vitamin

The truth is it in the title!

The best source of vitamin D comes from adequate, but not excessive, sun exposure during the spring and summer months. It is important to remember to have moderate amounts of sun exposure with skin protection to prevent sunburn and reduce the risk of skin damage.

The majority of people should be able to get enough vitamin D from sunlight during the months of April through to September.

During the winter months, it can be a lot harder to get enough vitamin D and dietary supplements are often recommended. Vitamin D is also found in a number of food products such as:

  • Oily fish – salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, tuna
  • Red meats
  • Liver
  • Egg yolks
  • Fortified in breakfast cereals

How much Vitamin D do I Need?

The following recommendations for supplementary intake of vitamin D are from the Department of Health. Advice from your doctor should be sought before taking any dietary supplements of vitamin D.

Babies and Young Children

Breastfed babies up to the age of 12 months need 8.5-10 mcg of vitamin D per day. Formula fed babies shouldn’t be given a supplement as formula is fortified with vitamin D.

Children and Adults

Children from the age of 12 months and adults need 10 mcg of vitamin D per day. This includes pregnant and breastfeeding women.

What if I Take Too Much Vitamin D?

Taking too much dietary vitamin D supplements over a long period of time can lead to too much calcium in the body. This can lead to weakened bones and can cause kidney and heart damage. If in doubt, contact your doctor for advice.

Thanks for reading,

Gemma Crouch