I remember the first night in the hospital after having my first child being so happy to have a healthy newborn, but he cried all night long. Everyone told me the next morning that he was just “getting used to his surroundings”. The crying did not get any better after we got home, as a matter of fact it got worse. As a few weeks went on he started to cry around 11 AM, and then was fussy and crying until 4 AM. I was so exhausted and the only way I could get him to sleep was sitting in my lap on his side on a Boppy pillow. That was very unsafe, but that was the only way I could any rest.
The pediatrician said he had a horrible case of colic. He had an abdominal ultrasound, and an upper GI to see if there was anything else going on. All the tests were normal. He was on 3 different medications and none of them seemed to help. The crying then moved to the car and he cried inconsolably in the car seat. I stopped going places. It was very hard. He did not sleep through the night until the week of his first birthday. I remember it like it was yesterday. If I had only known then what I know now.
When he was 27 months old, we welcomed our daughter into the world. Everyone told me that “surely I would not have 2 kids that were that fussy, etc….this one would sleep.” She didn’t. When we came home from the hospital, she started to exhibit almost identical symptoms as our first. The crying started at night, then during the daytime, then in the car seat wherever I went. The big difference this time was that I had a 27 month old running around to watch after, I could not just lay down and “sleep when she slept” – which was not very often. Again, I stopped going places, it just wasn’t worth it – she was screaming, then my son would start to cry because she was crying and pretty soon I was so stressed I would just go home.
When she was 4 weeks old, one of my best friends talked to Dr. Patrick Baker about my situation and she brought me a Chiropractic magazine where he had flagged some pages for me to read. I had not experienced chiropractic care myself, let alone heard of taking children to one. I was skeptical at first and scared. I mentioned it to my husband and a few others, and they were skeptical as well and seemed to be against the idea. I went another 2 weeks with no sleep, exhausted, and not going anywhere and then had had enough. So, I made an appointment, and did not tell anyone except the babysitter who was watching my older child.
After her 5th visit, she stopped screaming in the car. She also slept for 5 hours that night. It was unbelievable. It was like this enormous weight was being lifted off my shoulders and I could live day to day again. Dr. Patrick said her neck and her lower back were really out of alignment. Since I had 2 kids that pretty much acted the same way, it makes me wonder if that was my older child’s problem all along since nothing else helped him. She continued to go every week for 3 months; she was seen 22 times before Christmas and was doing great. She had turned from this unhappy, sobbing baby that would not sit a minute in the car to a happier, smiling baby. I felt like I had my life back in many ways and I of course was happier. She is now 3 and continues to go see Dr. Paul and Dr. Patrick.
Dr. Patrick and Dr. Paul have also helped me in many ways, after seeing Caroline’s progress – I became a patient myself. I was later in a rear-end accident suffering from whiplash, and I went for months and was able to recuperate from that accident as well. Then while being pregnant with baby #3, I fell on the ice while carrying the dog and injured my back. Here I was pregnant, with a 4 year old, a 2 year old, and I could barely walk. I had several pinched nerves and at times I was unable to put pressure on my feet. From time to time my left leg would just give out on me and I almost fell numerous times. If it had not been for Baker Chiropractic’s care during the last 3 months of my pregnancy, I don’t know how I would have ever made it. I would go to my visit barely being able to walk, and when I was leaving, I walked out like a normal person. Numerous times during that time I walked into the office in absolute tears and everyone in the office was always so friendly, caring and confident.
I made it through the pregnancy and delivered a healthy baby boy. The first night in the hospital I was up all night with him. I remember crying in the hospital room, thinking “here we go again…how am I going to do this now with a 4 year old and a 2 year old?” When we got home, things did not change, and this baby cried in the car seat from day one. When he was 2 weeks old, we went to see Dr. Patrick, and sure enough, same problem as Caroline, but not as severe as hers. Within numerous visits again, he stopped crying in the car, and started to sleep. He is now 14 months old and still goes to see Dr. Patrick and Dr. Paul on a regular basis.
Words cannot describe how thankful I am to have received such fantastic care and help from Dr. Patrick and Dr. Paul during so many difficult times. They helped me through some very trying times with several of the kids and with concurrent issues with my own health. I was able to have kids that were comfortable, would sleep again and were happy. I was also able to enjoy them, rather than having them cry all the time. I wish I had known when I had my first child; I truly believe he had the same issue and the first year of his life could have been more comfortable for him if I had known to take him. I have referred many people to them as patients as I am very confident in their abilities and know they can help so many others. Everyone in the office is always so nice, friendly and welcoming. Thank you to Jennifer, Sandy and Danielle for always being so sweet and helpful in the office. And again a huge thank you to Dr. Patrick and Dr. Paul for your years of care and help and to Lana for encouraging me to make the appointment years ago. I could not have made it through all this without Baker Chiropractic’s help and care.*
– Carrie Kreuger
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