2012

Brady Syndrome

Dover Baby Day is doing well. Bridgett and Bertha released 3 more babies last week. We have also been working with a baby, born 9 weeks premature, diagnosed with Brady Sydrome. We have worked on his 3 times.

Taken from Wikipedia, Brady Syndrome is as follows: Bradycardia ( /?bræd??k?rdi?/; Greek βραδυκαρδ?α, bradykardía, “heart slowness”), in the context of adult medicine, is the resting heart rate of under 60 beats per minute, though it is seldom symptomatic until the rate drops below 50 beats/min. It may cause cardiac arrest in some patients, because those with bradycardia may not be pumping enough oxygen to their hearts. It sometimes results in fainting, shortness of breath, and if severe enough, death. For infants, bradycardia is defined as a heart rate of less than 100 bpm (normal is around 120-160). Premature babies are more likely than full-term babies to have apnea and bradycardia spells; their cause is not clearly understood. Some researchers think the spells are related to centers inside the brain that regulate breathing may not be fully developed. Touching the baby gently or rocking the incubator slightly will almost always get the baby to start breathing again, which increases the heart rate. Medications (theophylline or caffeine) can be used to treat these spells in babies if necessary. NICU standard practice is to electronically monitor the heart and lungs for this reason.

This baby was sent home from the hospital with monitors and on caffeine. The mother wasn’t happy with her baby being on the caffeine and had already tried to skip giving him caffeine to see if he could function without this medication. Monitors went off. So, the mother decided to try CFT. Baby was 9 weeks old at his first visit. Zero cycle. # of us worked on him; shoulder girdle, pelvis hold and I placed one hand over the heart on top and one hand under the heart from the back and off he went unwinding! It was amazing! So much strain in the shoulders and pelvis and right into the heart!!! on the return of the 2nd visit, the mother reported he was no longer on the caffeine and he has been doing beautifully! She was thrilled! 2nd treatment, we held in the same positions but this time my top hand ended up following the fascia strain right down into the liver and then the kidneys…holding there while the shoulders and pelvis were nicely unwinding! 3rd visit, I hear Bridgett and Bertha found a similar pattern. Baby is doing beautifully! So, connecting the dots is key. This baby’s heart wasn’t beating enough without the stimulation of the caffein medication. Could it be the compression on the brain in the hypothalamus as a result of a zero cycle? Could it be the strain in the shoulders pulling into the heart? I’m not sure but would bet it could be one of these two or both or even more. What I do know is that he is opening up beautifully and off the medications and that is success in itself.

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