Osteopathy for babies and children

Newborn check

A newborn check offers an opportunity to bring your new baby in to the practice as soon as you feel able, for an examination, and gentle cranial treatment. By releasing any strains from pregnancy and birth early on, we can help to reduce the chances of your baby becoming unsettled and fractious later.

Sometimes, a single treatment will be enough to do this, and we will not recommend further treatment.

If it seems that your baby would benefit from more treatment, we will let you know, and you can choose whether to book another session.

The sooner an osteopath is able to diagnose and treat your baby, the easier it is for the balance within the child to be restored.

Babies

The baby’s head has the remarkable ability to absorb the stresses of normal labour. However, many babies are born with or develop odd shaped heads and bruising. This normally recedes in the first few days, as the baby cries, sucks and yawns, but sometimes the un-moulding process is incomplete. As a result the baby may have to live with the discomfort within its head and body.

Crying, irritable baby

Symptoms:

  • fractious baby who needs to be rocked to sleep.
  • prefers being carried
  • may suck more for comfort.

Reason: The baby may be uncomfortable due to retained moulding and a subsequent feeling of pressure in the head. Needs to be constantly moved/rocked to settle.

Feeding difficulties

Symptoms:

  • Baby takes a long time to feed,
  • fidgety feeder,
  • one feed may merge into the next,
  • clicking noises whilst feeding.
  • If breastfeeding, mother may have sore nipples.

Reason: Feeding is difficult and tiring due to mechanical stresses through the head, face and throat. Nerves to the tongue may be irritated as they exit the skull, which makes sucking difficult.

Digestive problems

Symptoms:

  • Regurgitation of milk.
  • Prolonged crying due to trapped, painful wind, often worse in the evening.
  • May curl up or go rigid, constantly moving arms and legs.
  • Baby prefers to be upright and carried.

Reason: Nerves to the stomach and diaphragm is irritated as it exits the skull, and this affects digestion. The diaphragm massages the gut during breathing and if this is tight or its nerve affected movement through the stomach and bowel may be impaired causing pain and irritability.

Inability to relax

Symptoms:

  • Baby sleeps for short periods – catnaps.
  • Maybe a very light sleeper.

Reason: The tension on the bony and membranous casing of the skull keeps the baby’s nervous system in a persistently alert state. Childhood As a child grows, the effects of retained moulding can lead to other problems. The child may begin to bite himself, toys or others or start head-banging. It can also affect the body’s reserves and depletes the immune system, leaving the child more open to infections.

Ears and sinuses

Symptoms:

  • impaired hearing
  • facial congestion
  • subsequent delay in speech development,
  • blocked runny nose and mouth breathers.

Reason: Retained moulding may affect the movements of the bones around the face reducing drainage of the ear canal and sinuses.

Childhood aches and pains

Symptoms:

  • Aches begin between the ages of 7 and 8.
  • Growing pains.
  • Vulnerability to sprains.

Reason: Retained moulding may cause a focal area of pressure in the skull, as the bony joints form at the age of 7 – 8 years. Postural tensions in other areas of the body leave it vulnerable to strain and fatigue.

Treatment is generally an enjoyable experience; however, reactions to treatment are variable. There is usually a feeling of relaxation and babies often fall asleep. On the rare occasion babies are unsettled by treatment. This is a temporary situation and is usually caused when the release of retained moulding is incomplete. It is not always possible for all the compression to release in one session, especially if the symptoms have been severe. On average 4 – 6 treatments are sufficient, but can vary depending on the severity of the problem.

Visit www.cranial.org.uk for further information from the Sutherland Society

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