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Babies & Children

Babies

The birth process is a wondrous but often traumatic process for both the mother and the baby. This combined with pre-natal  positioning in the womb and the postnatal sleeping position may lead to functional tightness in the connective tissue of the baby as it tries to adapt to the outside world. If not addressed it is possible that this may be a factor that contributes to the development of common problems that are experienced by babies and infants.

Common conditions that are seen by osteopaths include:

  • Altered sleep patterns
  • Colic
  • Irritability
  • Constipation
  • Torticolis (asymmetrical head/neck position)
  • Plagiocephaly (misshapen head)
  • Feeding and latching difficulties

Unfortunately breast feeding is not always a straight forward naturally occuring process and some mothers have serious difficulties with latching their baby to the breast and the lactation process due to poor oral function. This can be due to a number of the factors including;  reduced sucking reflex, tension in the babies jaw, neck and head and poor tongue coordination and muscular endurance.     Osteopaths often work with lactation consultants, Paediatricians and parents to help reduce the soft tissue tension re-educate the babies oral function. 

Children

As children develop there may be an increased strain placed on the muscle and skeletal system. This is even more pronounced if the child is active or sporty or when children go through growth spurts.

Common conditions that are seen by osteopaths include:

  • Scoliosis
  • Growing pains
  • Osgood-Schlatters
  • Sever’s

If you require any further information regarding how osteopathy may be beneficial for your child please do not hesitate to contact us