BABIES AND CHILDREN

 

PEDIATRIC OSTEOPATHY

‣     It is common belief that babies and children should

        have no structural stresses or strains in their bodies,

        because they are “so young”; however the reality is        

        very different.

‣       The baby’s birth can be one of the most stressful

        events of its life. The baby is subjected to enormous

         forces, as the uterus pushes to expel the baby,

        against the resistance of the birth canal. The baby

        has to turn and twist as it squeezes through the bony

        pelvis, on its short highly stimulating and potentially

        stressful journey.

‣       The baby’s head has the remarkable ability to

        absorb these stresses, in a normal delivery. In order

        to reduce the size of the head, the soft bones

        overlap, bend and wrap as the baby descends. the

        baby’s chin is normally well tucked down towards its

        chest to reduce the presenting diameter of the head.

‣       Many babies are born with odd shaped heads as a

        result. In the first few days, the head can usually be

         seen to gradually lose the extreme moulded shape,

        as the baby suckles, cries and yawns. However, this

        un-moulding process is often incomplete, especially is

        the birth has been difficult. As a result, the baby may

         have to live with some very uncomfortable stresses

         within its head and body.













  What effect does retained moulding have on the baby?


    Some babies cope extremely well with even quite

    severe retained moulding and compression, and are

    contented and happy. For others it is a different story,

    and they display a variety of symptoms.


Crying, Irritable baby

Crying, restless, irritable baby, needs to be rocked to sleep. Prefers being carried.

Reason: the baby may be uncomfortable, with a constant feeling of pressure in the head. this is worsened by the extra pressure on the head when lying down.

Feeding difficulties

Baby takes a long time to feed and one feed merges into the next. He/she may be a ‘windy’ feeder.

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

To be continued....



HOW CAN OSTEOPATHY HELP BABIES AND CHILDREN?

  1. Crying, Irritability

  2. Feeding Difficulties

  3. Reflux, colic and wind

  4. Sleep disturbances

  5. Infections

  6. Sinus and dental problems

  7. Behavioral and learning

  difficulties

  1. Headaches, aches and pains

  2. Sport and everyday injuries

  3. Asthma

  4. Constipation

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