Babies

Gentle & Considered Treatment

How can an Osteo help my baby?

Although birth is an amazing experience, it can also be very traumatic for the baby with the use of birthing instruments, or simply the birth process itself.

The pressures applied to the newborns head and body during labour can be extensive.  This is especially the case if instruments were required during the birth.  Problems experienced for babies may be a result of these pressures.   

Most births appear normal and the babies resilient. However babies may be imprinted with these strong, compressive forces to their system.  Strains can also be caused by baby positioned in one spot for an extended period of time.  This may occur in early head engagement in the pelvis.  At the extreme end you may see obvious physical injury such as dislocation, bruising and deformation.

What can an Osteopath do?

Osteopaths have highly developed sensitive skills to locate these birthing strains.  We use this skill along with a detailed birth case history and examination, to potentially resolve the strains & relieve the discomfort.

The signs/symptoms to look for are:
  • Constant crying
  • Symptoms of colic & reflux
  • Abnormal head shape/Plagiocephaly (flat spot on the skull-usually at the back from lying with head turned one way)
  • Birthing traumas associated with ventouse, forceps, emergency caesarean, prolonged difficult labour, clavicle dislocations, injuries and bruising, face and breech presentations
  • Difficulty with trapped wind
  • Difficulty with settling
  • Lack of use of a limb
  • Difficulty turning head left or right
  • Suckling difficulties when feeding
  • Post-tongue-tie excision
  • Wry neck (torticollis)
  • General post-birth 6 week check up
Treatment Process…

We look to locate imbalances in the head, neck, torso & pelvis. Identifying spinal restrictions may may also help with feeding, gut disturbance and pain (ie. head turning preference). Our Osteopaths treat the baby in whatever position is comfortable for them.  We are very flexible with our treatments to keep the baby relaxed.

Osteopathic treatment provide parents with a potential solution for a problem.  By nurturing this development we may help support your child’s health & well-being, and importantly, improve YOUR day-to-day life with your baby.

What age is best for treating babies?

Treatment is suitable for babies at any age.

An Osteopathic approach may help relax the nervous system & may ease the shock to allow normal growth to follow. Generally the earlier treatment is sought for difficult births and associated symptoms, the better the individual outcome may be.

Do I need to get a referral?

No, simply call us to make an appointment or book online.

Don't forget about you.

Mum's often need treatment too.

Our Osteopaths readily see mums post-partum to assist with strains that have carried over from the pregnancy and birth process, as well as new strains that develop with looking after a baby, such as breastfeeding & lifting.

Boroondara Osteopathy is a child-friendly clinic. We are well prepared to help children relax & remain occupied throughout their consultation.

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