One of the main reasons for treating babies is to relieve strains mainly affecting their heads but also in the body. This may be due to either intra uterine position (e.g. breach position or babies head engaging early in mother’s pelvis) so the bones of a baby's head grow to the shape of the mother’s pelvis or during birth the bones of the baby's head overlap and may remain in this position as retained moulding. This is why some babies may be born with odd shaped heads. After birth sucking and crying help the head to “unmould” however this “unmoulding” process is often incomplete and can leave the baby with uncomfortable stresses in his/her body and head. These stresses may cause breastfeeding/feeding difficulty, sickness, colic, wind, sleep disturbances and feeding difficulties. The aim of treating babies is to reduce any strains in the baby’s body and thereby help the baby feel much more comfortable.
As the child grows the effect of retained moulding can lead to other problems:
Developing posture, growing pains and aches
Strain or asymmetry in the spine or pelvis may affect the developing posture and contribute to spinal/joint problems later on in life. An example of this is scoliosis. Osteopaths assess and treat the developing spine to help the development of good posture.
As the skull reaches its adult proportion at around 7/8 years any further compression remaining from birth cannot easily be accommodated so this may lead to headaches.
Distortion in the base of the child’s skull, particularly in the bones around the ear can cause narrowing of the sinuses and the Eustachian tube that drains the ear. This prevents mucous drainage from the ears leaving the ears vulnerable to repeated infection.
Injuries and sports injuries are well managed for children and teenagers as the mukuloskeletal systems is still growing. Osteopathic treatment takes the whole body into account while treating the specific injury.
Physical or emotional stress can prevent the immune system from optimum function. Treatment to reduce physical stress may help the immune system to a more optimum function.
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