Osteopathy for New Borns and Babies

baby1Having a baby that is sleepless, suffering from feeding difficulties, infections, is colicky or just seemingly bad tempered can be very challenging for parents. Osteopathic treatment can help reduce crying, irritability, improve sleep, feeding and digestion to help ease stress for both baby and parents.

Your baby may be experiencing pain and discomfort from trauma experienced during birth. Birth is an extremely stressful process for a baby, especially if the birth was difficult or was assisted with forceps or ventouse. Birth trauma can result in compression and tension in the baby’s head and body that cause:

  • General discomfort from compression in skull and neck that may get worse from extra pressure on the head when lying down.
  • Pressure on the nerves related to lips, cheeks and tongue and exit the base of the skull. These nerves can affect your baby’s ability to suckle and feed with comfortably and efficiently.
  • Tension in the diaphragm that traps wind in the stomach or if the diaphragm is out of form your baby may have difficulty keeping anything in the stomach.
  • General tension from stressful pregnancy or birth which may cause digestion to work too quickly causing fermentation of milk in the intestines and producing uncomfortable wind.
  • Unresolved birth stresses from the base of the skull and ears can leave the ears more susceptible to glue ear and recurrent infections.
  • Compressed nerves causing squinting or difficulty turning the eyes.
  • Face and jaw compression that can lead to teeth overcrowding and inability to close the jaw properly.
  • Compressions that affect the nasal passages causing your baby to breathe through the mouth.

baby3How Osteopathy can help your baby

Osteopathy uses gentle manual maneuvers that are safe to your baby. Specific, skilled and light pressure is applied to assist your baby’s body to naturally release stresses and tensions. Osteopathy is effective to help reduce discomfort by treating the related issues that arise from the following conditions:

  • Torticollis (Stiff neck, unable to turn to one side of the body).
  • Colic.
  • Constipation.
  • Recurring bronchitis or pneumonia.
  • Asthmatic conditions.
  • Indigestion
  • Ear and eye infections and strain.

Should you have any inquires about treatment for your baby please do not hesitate to call the clinic and speak to Cheryl Lee, Osteopathic manual practitioner and Physiotherapist.

Osteopathy and Physiotherapy services are covered by many employee benefits programs. Check with your program to find out your coverage level.