The Outer Womb Articles

Keeping Our Babies Safe in Motion

Although I would love to stay at home all day with my baby, my life requires me to leave home on occasion. Well actually, my son, Xander, and I usually have to venture out everyday. The one thing I can count on is that when I put Xander in...

Why is Your Kid Purple?

Using Gentian Violet Gentian violet (1% solution in water) is an excellent treatment for Candida albicans. Candida albicans is a type of yeast that may cause an infection of skin and/or mucous membranes in both children and adults....

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...

Chiropractic Comforts Baby

We sought out chiropractic care because our 6-month-old son, Rex, was very colicky, gassy and suffered from a stuffy nose. Rex couldn’t sleep well at all either. Chiropractic has changed our lives. It is so unbelievable to see my baby do...

Will Breastfeeding Give Your Child Cavities?

Breastfed children have far fewer dental cavities than those who are bottle-fed. This includes nursing caries as well as other cavities. The unfortunate term “nursing caries” refers to a typical pattern of dental decay seen when jui...

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...

Crying for Comfort: Distressed Babies Need to be Held

The term “cry it out” refers to the practice of leaving babies in their cribs without picking them up, and letting them cry themselves to sleep. A modified version of this approach is to go to the baby every few minutes to pat her on the back or...

Baby Wearing - Suggestions for Carrying Your Baby: A Chiropractic Perspective

There has been much interest in the media about carrying our babies. Outside of the variety of car seats (being awkwardly used to carry the baby) and the traditional stroller, many parents are now opting to “wear” their babies. Numerous bab...

The Energy of an Embrace

The need to touch and be touched is established early in our lives, as we develop and grow in the omnipresent embrace of our mothers’ womb. Once we are born, separated from that sanctuary of connectivity, we begin to crave the physical embrace of o...

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Breastfeeding & Bedsharing: Still Useful (And Important) After All These Years

Mothers and infants sleeping side by side, also known as co-sleeping, is the evolved context of human infant sleep development. Until very recent times, for all human beings, co-sleeping constituted a prerequisite for infant survival. For the...

Facts About Co-Sleeping and SIDS

In our Western societies, more and more parents are choosing to return to the natural practice of co-sleeping. Simply defined, this practice is consciously choosing to sleep with your infant to provide him or her with the essential...

Guidelines: Shared Sleep and Safe Sleeping

It is important to be responsive to a baby’s nighttime needs. Attachment Parenting International (API) advocates keeping baby in close proximity in a safe sleeping environment. In many cultures, it is considered normal and expected for parents to...

Also labeled: Issue #09

When Baby Prefers Tummy Sleeping

What is your recommendation about infant sleep position? We have a two month old (our third) who is having a really hard time staying asleep on her back. She seems to be happier on her tummy and seems to have no trouble lifting and turning her...

Introducing Solids to Help a Baby Sleep

I have a patient who is breast feeding her 3 month old baby. The baby is quite long for his age and doesn’t sleep through the night because he allegedly gets quite hungry. The nurse recommended supplementing the breast milk with Pablum to fill h...

Family Wellness Forum: Physical Stresses of Caring for Young Ones

I am trying to provide parents of young children with some suggestions of how to take care of their own backs given the physical stresses of caring for young ones. What would you recommend as basic strategies to help parents, especially in...

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...

Why Wear Your Baby?

More and more frequently, parents can be seen with their babies tucked snugly into cloth carriers of various types in malls, on the street, and in the home. This mode of baby travel is steadily gaining popularity and for good reason: soft carriers...

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...

Stress in Infancy

what causes stress during infancy? Laboratory and psychology research on animal and human infants gives us many clues. Certainly, pain from unfortunate medical conditions can create stress. So would pain from sensitivity reactions to formula or to...

The Family Bed Defended

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is launching a mass-media national campaign aimed at reducing deaths associated with placing babies in adult beds.” –The Compleat Mothe...