Newborns and Infants

It is a common belief that babies and children should have no structural strains in their bodies, because they are young and supple. The reality is different.

During birth, the baby is subjected to enormous forces. It has to twist and turn to squeeze through the bony pelvis.

To help the head pass through the narrow pelvis, the soft bones of the skull bend and overlap to reduce its relative size. This is why many babies are born with odd shaped heads. In the next few days after birth, the head gradually loses much of the extreme moulding shape, aided by suckling, crying and yawning. However this process is often incomplete, especially if the birth has been difficult, and can leave the baby with uncomfortable stresses in its head and body. These may cause a variety of problems, both in the young baby and later on as the child grows.

Common symptoms that babies present during a consultation are:

  • feeding difficulties
  • baby preferring to turn the head to one side
  • delays in growth and development
  • general unsettledness
  • colic/bowel difficulties
  • reflux
  • repeated ear infections
  • stuffiness/blocked nose
  • head shape asymmetry (plagiocephaly)
  • sleep disturbances
  • torticollis

Children

Childhood is a time of huge changes. Rapid growth and development places many challenges on the child’s body. In older children, problems might arise though excessive computer use, hunching over a laptop, or through carrying heavy bags to and from school.

Some common musculoskeletal Paediatric conditions are:

  • Flat feet
  • Osgood-Schlatter syndrome
  • Hypermobility and joint instability
  • In-toeing gait
  • Pain following falls or accidents
  • Postural laterations (Scoliosis)
  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Sever’s disease
  • Paediatric fractures
  • Growing pains
  • Walking difficulties
  • Sports injuries
  • Asthma
  • Ear problems

Children often respond very well to treatment and appear happier and more relaxed immediately after. We also offer advice on a range of functional issues such as adapting your sporting life, effective injury rehabilitation and corrective exercise.

Please note that all newborns, infants and children under 16 years old music be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult during all consultations. All our therapists are DBS checked.

Find out how we can help your child with Osteopathy.