The Outer Womb Articles

A Natural Age of Weaning

Cultures around the world have very different beliefs about when children should be weaned, from very early in the United States to very late in some places. One often hears that the worldwide average age of weaning is 4.2 years, but this figure is...

Adjusting Infants? Certainly!

I have heard that even babies should see a chiropractor to ensure they are aligned, especially after birth. My son is seven weeks old and was born via cesarean. I don’t know what you advocate in regards to infant chiropractic care or if you...

All In The Timing: Why Delaying Cord Clamping Benefits Your Baby

Umbilical cord blood is a baby’s lifeblood until birth. It contains many wonderfully precious cells, like stem cells and red blood cells—and recently, scientists have discovered that umbilical cord blood contains cancer-fighting T cells, as well....

Also labeled: Author Kelly Winder, Issue #32

Antidepressants in Pregnancy Affect Newborns

Infants born to mothers who take antidepressants during the final months of pregnancy can suffer mild to severe symptoms of drug withdrawal. Researchers reported that newborns exposed to antidepressants taken by their mother late in pregnancy have...

Also labeled: Issue #06, Pathways Magazine

Assessing the Suck Reflex to Solve Feeding Difficutlties

Many articles in the literature proclaim how commonly breastfeeding and suckling difficulties occur in the newborn baby.1,2,3,4,5,6 As a chiropractor, I see this frequently in my office, although very often the parents do not complain of...

Also labeled: Author Joyce Miller, DC

Baby Tantrums

Learn about it A baby’s first tantrum can take you by surprise. Your baby can really shock you by shrieking, stamping, hitting, or making his whole body go stiff. But don’t take it personally; baby tantrums aren’t about anything you’v...

Baby Walkers: What's Best for the Infant?

All you have to do is walk into a baby store or attend a baby shower and one item is sure to always be found: the baby walker. Approximately 50 percent of infants will use these man-made upright vehicles

Also labeled: Author Claudia Anrig, DC

Better Choices For Colic

As I work with small children in my practice, I am witnessing a distressing trend in the pediatric medical care of infantile colic. Colic is described as a complex of symptoms in early infancy characterized by inconsolable crying that...

Breast to Bowl: Introducing Baby's First Foods

The introduction of certain foods at certain times is relative to the maturity of the digestive system. Children less than six months need only breast milk, not solids, as the infant's digestive system is not developed to maturation. If you start...

Also labeled: Author Jeanne Ohm, DC

Breastfeeding Boobytraps: Five Cultural Misconceptions that Come Between Baby and Breast

A few weeks ago my 15-month-old son weaned from breastfeed- ing. It was an event that passed almost unnoticed because it happened so gradually, and it was a day or two before I realized he hadn’t nursed. When I stopped to think about it, I knew it w...

Car Seats are for Cars

Children who are consistently carried in car seats instead of held close to mom suffer adverse physical and psychological effects “You know, you’re the only mother here who doesn’t carry her baby in a car seat,” commented the receptionist at...

Co-sleeping as Nighttime Bonding

Judging by my e-mail inbox and the conversations I share with parents and health professionals, infant sleep has become a veritable industry. An industry, it seems, that is driven by fear—particularly the fear that if we dare to respond to little...

Also labeled: Author Pinky McKay , Issue #31

Colic and Chiropractic

We had an overwhelming response from pathways readers and friends writing about their experiences with colic. Many parents expressed frustration with the numerous ineffective approaches to colic, drug side effects, and the advice to stop nursing....

Also labeled: Issue #22, Pathways Magazine

Depression Drugs Linked to Withdrawal in Babies

Women taking antidepressant drugs, such as Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, and Celexa, may want to talk to their doctors about their medications if they’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant. There’s a chance that such drugs—called selective...

Also labeled: Issue #05, Pathways Magazine

Ear Infections: Causes and Holistic Care

Causes of Ear InfectionsMiddle ear infections are on the rise. The ailment, also known as otitis media, has become far more prevalent in children throughout the twentieth century, increasing 150 percent between 1975 to 1990 alone....

Early Bedtime Means Better Baby Sleep

In their efforts to encourage their baby to sleep better, one approach that many parents use is to put their baby to bed later in the evening. They think, “If he’s “really tired” he’ll sleep better, right?” Wrong! This often backfires because Baby...

Fifty Good Reasons to Breast Feed

It enhances the deep emotional relationship between mother and baby. Produces a psychological benefit for the mother, father, baby and family. Diminishes Sudden Infant Death syndrome (SIDS). Produces better...

Also labeled: Author Luis C. Ortiz, MD

From Russia, With Love

Adopting a child is enriching and rewarding…and brings with it a variety of health challenges If you’re like most women, you dream of getting pregnant one day and having a little baby. I certainly did. When the time was rig...

Growing Healthy Kids: Calming the Cry of Colic

The elusive infant condition called colic has perplexed parents and healthcare professionals alike for many years. The seemingly endless crying spells and sleep loss lead to stress and anxiety for all. Each baby is unique and is affected by a...

In It for the Long Haul: A Dad's Opinion on Breastfeeding

My name is James, and I fully support the breastfeeding mothers of the world. “Ahhhh,” you say, “he must live in California.” Nope. I live in New England. “Well, then he must be one of those ‘dot-edu’ types: lectures, tweed coats...

Also labeled: Author James Latham, Issue #30
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