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Neurofeedback Improves Baby G’s Breathing

After a nearly 3 year blogging hiatus to deal with the insanity of life, I simply must share!

It’s 4:30 AM.  I am blown away by this. Probably it will be hard for anyone to believe who did not witness it.  But, I had to get up to tell you about it.  If nothing else, have it documented for my own memory.

I plugged myself in for a neurofeedback session while typing this.  I might as well.  The machine is not being used right now, and I’m beginning to think it needs to be used every minute of the day.

Since Tuesday night, Baby G has been having a flare up of her asthma.  She missed school this week.  So, she has been home while I am getting myself familiar with my Neuroptimal system, which was delivered Wednesday afternoon.

Baby G, 5 now but still my baby, got her first brain training session on Wednesday afternoon.  She made numerous comments about it while hooked up.  “I love this!” “The music is sad.” (something about a boy losing his dog?) “I love the motions.” (art moves on the screen to the music)  “It’s working!”  After that comment, I said, “how do you know it’s working?”  Baby G replied, “Because I’m coughing less.”  Mind you, I never said anything about how this machine may help her.  She had seen G & J get neurofeedback and always wanted to try it.  And, I’m thinking, really? It’s helping your cough??? Can it really?  Well, it is training your brain… hmmmm…  Wednesday night was a horrible night for her.  She was trying to rest on the little couch in our room.  She was moaning and writhing all night long.  Asthma itch, is the only way to describe it.  Wriggling, scratching, and wheezing.  We did 2 breathing treatments with albuterol that night, and I had to rub her down with lavender and coconut oil 3-4 times to help her calm down and minimize the itching.

She woke up Thursday morning and asked for neurofeedback right away.  I put her off because I was too exhausted from the ordeal of a night we had just had to hook her up.  I gave her a session about noon (I gave her an albuterol treatment at 6 AM and then just prior to that).  The day went along fine.  I did not give her another treatment,  but there was still a little coughing.  I figured it would be time for a treatment before bed.

Around 6:30 PM, Baby G came downstairs crying over something her siblings had said or done to her.  She uses the phrase “being mean at me.”  I asked if there was anything I could do to help her, and she replied that she wanted her music.  “Sure,” I said, “you can bring your music down and listen on the couch.”  She said, “no, I want my neurofeedback music.”   I thought to myself, surely 2 sessions in a day can’t hurt.  I hooked her up and within about 10 minutes she was asleep.

gcf-sleeping-neurofeedback

I kept the program running as I had just learned that your brain does its best work when you are asleep!  I watched her rest.  Smooth even deep breathing.  Very calm.  Not a single cough.  Once the session completed, her daddy carried her from the neurofeedback system and put her on the little couch in our room.

Now I’m up writing this at 4:30AM because I woke up to check on her several times, and all night, no cough, no itching, no writhing, just smooth even quiet breathing.

Now, I never even considered the idea that neurofeedback could help with her asthma.  Never.  However, I have said in my life, many times, that I do not believe in coincidence.  I believe God gave us that rough night to show us the dramatic change.  Baby G’s pediatrician and her daddy can testify that her asthma is like a run-away-train.  Once it gets going, it takes an ER visit with IV steroids or at minimum oral steroid treatment to stop.  I was sure we were headed that way again.

A lot to think about.

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The Beginning for Baby G

My desire to move into the natural realm of treating our children, away from main-stream American medicine, was solidified during the very difficult first 4 months of Baby G’s (my 4th child) life.

Baby G was born absolutely perfect in January 2012. Well, she was jaundice and 4 weeks early…but nearly perfect. Within 4 weeks after birth, she had a pretty bad rash all over her body and face. So, when we went in for her 2nd HepB vaccine at 4 weeks old, I asked her doctor to check it out. He said it was a “normal baby rash,” and that I did not need to worry or do anything to treat it. My baby’s doctor then proceeded to give her the Hepatitis B vaccine as scheduled. A few days later, Baby G started to scream and cry….24 hours a day…7 days a week. I learned why the word “inconsolable” was added to language… because there was no amount of holding, rocking, or singing that would soothe her. My baby girl was in obvious pain and enduring terrible reflux as well. Our family doctor prescribed Zantac for Baby G, but it was not making a dent in her suffering.

After about 2 solid weeks of screaming, The Lord led me to Dr. N. When I say the Lord led me, that is ABSOLUTELY what happened. I was standing in the park watching 3 kids play while holding a screaming baby. I began to cry and asked God, “what am I going to do?” Not audibly, but crystal clear nonetheless, He said “take her to the new man doctor at Dr. B’s office.” I called and they worked her in immediately. At that time, the typical wait for a new patient to see this new man doctor was several months. At our first appointment, I realized this doctor was different when he inquired as to WHY Baby G had the reflux instead of just thinking of a way to treat her symptoms. After examining her skin, looking in her mouth, and smelling her, he said she had a yeast infection, and he prescribed Diflucan (an anti-fungal) for her. He also said that it was imperative that I get her off the Zantac as changing her pH could lead to a host of different problems. At our next appointment with our new doctor, and 8 weeks on Diflucan, I came to a shocking realization when Dr. N said he was glad I was bringing Baby G to him instead of a traditional doctor, due to the normal vaccination schedule…my heart sank. He informed me that the Hep B vaccine is cultured in yeast, so if she were vaccinated in her current condition, it would be devastating to her recovery. I let him know that she already had the vaccine at her 4 week appointment. That’s when he took this photo of her head – he was connecting the vaccine to this yeast infection.

Baby G yeast on head

Then I went home and remembered she had the Hep B vaccine in the hospital at 3 days old too. Oh my! No wonder she couldn’t shake the yeast infection! She was double vaccinated so close together! Still unbelievable to me, this is the recommended schedule for a perfectly healthy little baby.

I called Dr. N, and he recommended a clay packing – vaccine detox. Looking back, I realize she had a yeast rash after the first Hep B vaccine, and after the 2nd dose the yeast infection was completely out of control. She was red and rashy all over, inside & out. No wonder she wouldn’t stop screaming.

Thankfully, after about 10 weeks of screaming, Baby G received healing from the horrible yeast infection. The old Christine would have never even tried the clay packing – vaccine detox, but the end-of-her-rope Christine was willing to try anything! I called my friend Courtney to ask her if I should do it, and praise God, she said she would do it. I asked Dr. Shelton if she would do it, and praise God, she recommended we do it too. By His grace, I walked into that office with an open mind. Once the “mudding” was complete, my baby rested for the first time in months. Baby G was healed with mud and lavender oil, which I was spraying on her raw head 6-8 times per day. Diflucan and Nystatin couldn’t put an end to the yeast infection. It took mud and oil.

The lessons learned in the first part of her journey: Natural options work! A c-section baby needs probiotics, since God’s plan is for a baby’s gut to be populated with good flora on the way out of the birth canal. A jaundice baby’s liver is not functioning at full capacity yet, so she may not be equipped to receive vaccines yet. If the skin is unhealthy so is the inside of the body.

While the yeast infection was healed, this is just the beginning of Baby G’s difficult story…it’s a hard one for me to tell. It involves lots of screaming and no more than a couple hours of sleep at a time for 16 months. However, we have been blessed to witness an awesome miracle – Baby G is like a whole different baby now. Once again, there is hope for every child!

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