What can osteopathy do for the babies ?
The origine of disorders
During pregnancy and childbirth, your baby can be affected by many constraints, which can present various disorders as a result.
A slight asymmetry of the skull or posture, a crushed nose during birth, a difficulty in turning their head to one side, taking to breastfeeding slowly, digestion or sleeping problems, unrest or other unexplained complaints – these are all reasons to consult an osteopath.
The origin of disorders :
Complications during pregnancy can often come from a lack of space or be linked to the baby remaining in one position for too long in the womb (previous surgery on the womb, twinning pregnancy, asymmetry of the mother’s pelvis…).
Complications from the birth have many origins, for example :
– a long birth (more than 8 hours)
– a short birth (less than 2 hours)
– a triggered or delayed birth
– the use of tools (forceps, suction cups…)
– A C-section
– a premature birth
– fetal suffering, resuscitation…
These constrains can lead to physical disorders: usual markers are a slightly distorted head, but the baby will may only show signs of unrest, crying or agitation to express their discomfort or their functional difficulties.
When coming to see your osteopath ?
There is no specific counter-indication about the best or appropriate age your child should be to see an osteopath: some parents decide to have a check-up directly after leaving the maternity ward. The sooner a complaint is detected and supported, the easier is it for the body to adapt itself and get back to a better function after osteopathic treatment.
At each growth period, and during the sensorimotor development from 0 to 2 years old, the foundation for future motor skills are laid down. Other key periods to pay attention to are: 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, and 2 years. To promote the best mobility as possible from the youngest age, a solid foundation for harmonious development is needed for walking agility, self-confidence and learning abilities.
Why bringing your baby to an osteopath ?
You can of course come for a regular check-up for your child (and yourself!), but also consider visiting your osteopath in cases of specific trouble, such as :
– excessive crying, agitation, or in the complete opposite case, anpathetic baby, who is disinterested by their environment
– sleeping problems
– digestion trouble : reflux, colic…
– congenital torticollis : malposition of the head with difficulty turning the head on one side
– clubfoot : where an infant’s foot is turned inward
– difficulty with breastfeeding, not taking to suckling, tight tongue
– Repetitive ENT infection, such as otitis, bronchiolitis…
– deformity of the skull
– blocked tear duct (one watery eye)
– after a fall or any kind of trauma (surgery, long illness…)
During the session
As with adult sessions, a baby session starts with a proper interrogation : the osteopath will ask plenty of question about the pregnancy, the birth, a description of the trouble, medical history and so on, to understand the situation and the possible causes behind the trouble.
Your baby will then be given an examination, with different, gentle, handling to find and treat the different levels of mobility and tensions of the soft tissues.
The little patient may show some signs of discomfort during the session, because the osteopath often will apply short and small amounts of pressure, to help relieve the tensions in your baby’s body. Especially sensitive is the head, having undergone intense and traumatic compression during childbirth, which your child may not like being touched, especially if this area is in need of treatment. But be assuredre that only the gentlest manipulations are used for babies, so whilst it can be uncomfortable, it will never be painful. The osteopath will always adapt the session and the techniques to the patient, so if your child is worried, we have toys and songs to offer on hand during the session to reassure them. As a last resort, the osteopath can treat a baby in the arms of one of the parents.
After the session
Your baby will probably be tired after the session, and often nap right after it. It is also normal for your baby to be more tired than usual for up to two days after treatment, the time needed for the body to adapt the session. Some children may also become more agitated for a few hours or a few days.
The results can take time to appear, usually at least a few days, but sometimes longer, as the baby is constantly developing. Many symptoms can be treated quickly, but sometimes several sessions, spaced a few weeks apart, will be necessary. The osteopath will also provide you with further information and advice on long term care to do in your everyday life.
Do not hesitate to ask any question to your osteopath regarding babies and their treatment.
It is recommended that you visit a fully trained osteopath having experience in the pediatric field.
We are located close to Aarhus C
You'll find us at Rosenvangs Allé - just a few minutes from Aarhus city center. We offer good parking facilities and a large and spacious waiting room.