Osteopathy for Babies
It is never too early to for an osteopath to treat a baby. The body has enormous powers of healing and regeneration, and babies often respond very quickly to osteopathic treatment.
The Birth Process
During birth, a baby has to deal with huge forces, as she/he twists and turns to squeeze through her/his mother’s relatively narrow pelvis. To make this easier, the baby’s skull has soft bones, which bend and overlap, so her/his head becomes smaller. This is why many babies are born with odd shaped heads.
During the first few days after birth, the baby’s head loses much of this ‘moulded’ shape. This naturally occurs through feeding, crying and yawning. But difficult births can affect the head’s ability to recover its original shape, and this can leave the baby with uncomfortable stresses, which can cause problems as she/he grows.
Common difficulties for babies
In the first few days, the most common difficulties are with feeding, digestion, sleeping and crying. Osteopaths are trained to assess the physical state of infants and children, to establish if there are any physical reasons for their difficult behaviour.
How Osteopathy can help your Baby
Using osteopathic techniques, such as cranial osteopathy, osteopaths can very gently, safely, and effectively help to reduce tension, improve circulation, and relieve structural and mechanical imbalances in the baby’s body. Although osteopaths cannot cure every problem, they can assist the healing process, and parents often report many benefits to the overall health of the baby.
Osteopaths recommend checking all newborns for any retained stresses in their bodies. This is especially important for those born by ventouse, forceps, or caesarian , or who have had very long or quick deliveries.