Osteopathic Treatment for Babies, Infants and Kids
At West Wickham Chiropractic Health Centre we see patient’s of all ages from days old to our more senior regulars. We often get asked as to why young people need Osteopathic care. They often look the picture of health, but babies and infants can’t tell you that something is wrong. Older children often don’t realise something is wrong. It has been reported that 32% of six and seven year olds get back ache at some time. This increases to 51% in twelve year olds. So what can osteopathic treatment do for your child?
Babies are confined in a protective, but small environment in the womb for nine months and then delivered through a very narrow opening.
The birth process can be traumatic for babies as well as mothers. Babies can suffer from a whole host of issues; excessive crying, colic, poor feeding patterns, sleep disorders. Some level of irritability is normal, but it can never hurt to get your child checked for problems.
A baby with muscular tension at the top of the neck from the way they were lying in the womb will often cry when you lie them on their back and will be difficult to settle. A slight difficulty turning the head one way or opening the mouth on one side can be the difference between a baby that breastfeeds well and one that does not.
Many of these conditions are self-limiting and will naturally correct as the child grows and develops but they can cause significant distress when they are present, especially in the early weeks and months.