Originally Posted by annettemarie
Daniel has been "strong" from day 1. He holds his head up, he likes to stand--sometimes he scares us because he just sort of pushes off our legs--, he flails and stretches a lot. We've been having some nursing issues where he arches and tries to take the nipple with him. He gets fussy and overstimulated and responds well to being swaddled with a cap on and then held close and rocked. This is corresponding with a lot of what I read about hypertonic infants.
OTOH, he sometimes likes being cuddled and loves the tub, which doesn't sound like a hypertonic baby.
Any thoughts on this? It isn't a huge issue, except when he nipple yanks and when he's inconsolable, but I'd like to know one way or another what's going on with him.
My ds, Owen, is this way exactly! He loves bath time and being in a carrier (most of the time.) What I have found that works during the nipple yanking and inconsolable times is to turn on white noise. For my ds it is the hair dryer, he is instantly calm. Again, this is most of the time
When he won't nurse, but keeps saying he is hungry, I turn on the hair dryer and he will nurse peacefully and fall asleep. Other times getting him completely naked, bouncing, and having the hair dryer on is what helps. Finally after he is calm he gives me a cue that he is ready to nurse/sleep. I have never labeled my son as "high needs" only because I work with students who are always labeled and I feel a high aversion to this sort of adult language. I think hypertonic just refers to babies who have strong personalities and not all are going to meet every bullet point on the list. FWIW, Owen rarely nurses in public b/c of being overstimulated/fussy. Most of the time he will only nurse in bed with my lying down. Our room is purposely darker and quieter than the rest of the house.
You have probably already read this article from Dr. Sears, but just in case:http://www.askdrsears.com/html/5/T050400.asp
There is also an article from LLL about cranio-sacral work. I had a few treatments with Owen, and they did help-- not a cure-all though http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleade...gSep01p82.html
I hope this helps