Babies and Infants
Cranial osteopathy is a gentle, non-invasive form of treatment that is is safe and well-tolerated by babies and infants. This form of treatment is based on the principle that the bones of the skull, including the cranium, face and sacrum, are interconnected and can affect one another.
During time in the womb or in child birth, a baby may experience difficulties that may cause settling difficulties. Complications during a mother’s pregnancy or labor may also create tensions that cause the baby to experience discomfort. The baby may have experienced compressed positions in the pelvis for a prolonged period of time, or distress with the cord around their neck or during delivery as a result of forceps, venteuse, or caesarian procedures. However, many of these symptoms may be relieved with osteopathy treatment.
Can Osteopathy Help Babies and Infants?
Many symptoms associated with babies and infants are often are the result of tension at the base of the baby’s head. This area houses muscles that, if restricted or under tension, can affect latching and suckling, among other symptoms. A reduction of tension in the neck area can therefore help relieve your child of many discomforts.
Cranial osteopathy practitioners use a soft touch to release any tension or restrictions where found in the cranium, which can improve overall body function and relieve a wide range of symptoms. One of the most common reasons parents seek cranial osteopathy for their babies and infants is to help with settling their infants. Infants who have difficulty sleeping, who wake frequently at night, or who suffer from colic or reflux, may benefit from cranial osteopathy. Difficulties related to breastfeeding may be the result of restrictions in the neck and cranium, preventing the infant to latch properly or turn their head to a more comfortable position.
Cranial osteopathy treatment for babies and infants begins with a thorough assessment and discussion with you to determine the underlying cause of your child’s pain or discomfort. Our osteopathic practitioner will conduct specific tests and discuss treatment options for your child. In some cases, a referral to a specialist may be required.