Osteopathy Treatment for
Babies and Children
There is an amount of compression that happens in an infant’s skull to permit the baby’s head to adapt to the forces of labour. Babies’ heads are made up of 22 bones which overlap and mould during this process. Immediate signs that may be seen from moulding that does not release are sticky eyes, poor latching to the breast, irritability or babies that want to be held all the times.
Further moulding, spinal compression and irritation of important nerves can occur if the baby does not descend through the birth canal and needs forceps and/or Ventouse, causing irritation of very important nerves resulting in symptoms of colic, reflux or flat head (plagiocephally), torticollis, feeding difficulties.
Caesarian section babies tend to be more mucusy than babies who were born by vaginal delivery because they had no compression through the chest. This can result in ongoing multiple infections of the ear nose throat infections.
Using a finely developed sense of palpation and assessment of newborn babies for stresses and strains following the birth. Gentle cranial osteopathic techniques are then applied to help release the strains and resolve symptoms naturally.
It is beneficial to have a mom and baby check-up after birth. A free post-natal check up for babies and mothers is offered . The assessment lasts 30 minutes. If there is a problem babies are typically seen between 4 and 6 times.
Cranial Osteopathy is a safe and natural approach to health care which can help babies and adults alike. Cranial Osteopathy treats the whole body, not just the head. Cranial osteopathy works with the innate internal forces which are always steering us towards health and normal function.
This gentle technique can be used to treat women during pregnancy and after the birth, for babies as soon as they are born and for children in their early years.
Book a FREE 15 minute assessment for your baby, toddler or child.