why does my baby arch her back and neck

You often see babies with arched backs. It remains difficult to understand the causes of baby arching back, and it is often misunderstood as a means of communication by the baby through the use of their body. As babies are unable to talk and communicate their desires, their likes and dislikes, they often do so with rather unusual body movements, which in this case, is an arched back. In reality, arched backs may sometimes be a sign of some underlying developmental problem in babies; thus, it needs to be carefully monitored both by parents and by doctors. Baby Arching Back Is It Normal? Parents often find their baby arching backs. Mostly the reason behind this lies in the baby s attempts to try and pass his or her message of them being upset. When babies reach nine months or more of the age, they are more likely to be able to showcase their frustrations through such actions. Your baby may begin to show his or her frustration over things not going the way he or she wanted by throwing himself or herself back and forming an arched back position. At nine months, a baby s perception starts to develop, and they get the ability to imagine things as they like. Failure of doing things according to the likings of your baby results in them being upset, and thus, an arched back is what you find.


According to a well-known pediatrician and author, Bob Sears, almost all babies go through the phase of arching back as a way of showcasing their frustrations. One must take caution regarding this as babies have little control over themselves when they suddenly throw themselves back. It may cause injury to their weak and developing bones. If you want to see what reflux arching of a baby looks like, you can watch the video below:
Why Does Baby Arching Back Happen? 1. Cuddle Your Baby Tightly It is essential to cuddle your baby tightly to provide them with a sense of comfort, and ease their arched backs. Babies find most comfort when they are closely held to the bodies of their parents. 2. Put Your Baby down You may also find it useful to put your baby down on a mattress or a sofa where there is a straight and comfortable back when a baby is arching back. 3. Divert Your Baby s Attention Diverting the baby s attention may be one of the best techniques to prevent a baby arching back, or forgetting the cause of their frustration and anger. Engage your baby in activities such as play time, or even putting them to sleep. 4. Your Calm Heartbeats May Comfort Your Baby Colic babies are more likely to arch their backs in order to provide comfort to their stomach.


Let you baby hear your calm heartbeats which will provide the baby with utmost comfort. 5. Wrap Your Baby Properly You must wrap your baby as comfortable as possible to provide him/her with total ease and no discomfort. 6. Calm Down Your Baby s Mood Calm down the mood to bring your baby to peace, or try using the noise of cars, washing machines, vacuum cleaners to quickly divert the baby s mind. You may also find that some babies find comfort in warm baths, and some find comfort when they are constantly swayed. 7. Do Not Worry You must not worry as an arched back is fairly common in babies. Most babies at nine months of age tend to have frequent arched backs, as they are going through the process of slowly indicating their frustrations and dislikes about the things around them. However, visit a professional if you have serious concerns and to eliminate the possibility of any serious root cause for baby arching back. Does your colicky baby arch its back? Back and neck arching in colicky babies Another very common symptom I see in a colicky baby that indicates some trauma at birth is if they arch themselves backwards. This shows that they are tense in the spine, usually in the neck and upper spine between the shoulders.


They may arch after feeding or seem to be stretching backward all the time. Often in addition to the backward arch they also arch upwards looking to the side. If they are doing this to the right for example you can imagine the feeding difficulties a mother might have when it comes to the baby needing to turn left to feed off the right breast. Again a cranial osteopath will be able to gently БunwindБ these tensions and allow your baby to straighten up naturally. What is interesting about this backward arching or Бextension patternБ is that it is opposite to the classic colic posture which is БflexionБ ie knees up in a ball, going bright red and screaming. For me this illustrates nicely again that colic isnБt caused by one thing. Two mothers can come to visit me with colicky babies; one has the more typical knees up-crying, the other is crying with an arching back. With the first I will think tummy pain, with the second I will be immediately thinking more about birth pressures and the use of cranial osteopathy to relieve the tension. I have also clinically noticed that backwards arching babies more often seem to have reflux, posset or bring up their milk.


The reason behind this is that the tightness in the spine between the shoulder blades is associated with the area through which milk passes into the stomach. The spine can be tight enough to constrict the openingб to the stomach hindering the milk passing through and so reflux is more likely to occur. Cranial osteopaths can also free this tightened spine area. Does your baby have a strong neck? Often parents will mention that their baby has a strong neck. It seems that as parents (me too! ) we are always looking for our babies to develop quickly and be the first to do something, so when they lift their little heads up to look around we get very excited! However, when they are very new and are doing this a little earlier than is expected it often accompanies the arching mentioned above, and therefore might be that they are a little tight from the birth rather than having a strong neck. This just adds another piece to the puzzle as to why your baby may have colic and will give another indicator to the cranial osteopath where the most tension may be held. I hope this helps you in some way. This is an extract of the book Calming Colic How to help the 10 causes of colic by Christian Bates. www. calmingcolic. com

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