Osteopathy is useful at every stage of life and it is even possible (and recommended!) to consult for your child from the first days after birth. Here are the numerous benefits of osteopathy for newborns, as described bya an osteopath.
An osteopath consultation from birth… Even if everything is fine!
Young parents can bring their baby to see the osteopath from the first days of life. The child’s skull is not yet ossified and the fontanels allow for great mobility. When the bone junction takes place, around 3 or 4 months for the back and 12/18 for the front, intervention becomes more difficult. Even if the birth went well, it is a straining event for the mum and the baby. It is therefore recommended to consult very early so as to have an overview of cranial mobility and pelvis and thoracic mobility.
There are no formal contraindications if the child was prematurely born, but you have to think in terms “corrected age”, as in wait until the child has reached the stage at which he should have been born. Care depends on the level of prematureness and a passage through neonatal services or not.
Different reasons to consult
- In case of an instrumental birth the baby will frequently suffer from a skull deformation or a strabismus. The consequences can also be visible on the long term because of growth disorders in the face leading to deglutition issues.
- plagiocephalia, the flat head syndrome
- fracture sequels from birth
- Digestive issues: reflux, colics, bloating. The osteopath has a global approach and you cannot act on digestive troubles without a complete clinical exam, and mostly without examining the cranium. Indeed, the vagus nerve, at the bottom of the skull, controls good digestion. If there is a constraint on passage points or a mobility issue on the pelvis, the lombar spine or rest of the spine, communication is harmed.
The importance of a regular follow-up
The osteopath will also perform psychomotricity tests on the baby at each consultation so as not to miss a serious issue. Growth and psychomotor evolution of the child as such that in the first year regular consultations are recommended, especially between the 8th and the 11th month when baby is learning to sit.
The osteopath’s advice
” The role of the osteopath is also to get the parents to start the care route. For example, if the child has a totricollis, they will have to keep working at home by stimulating the child, being careful with its position when feeding but also changing sides to bottlefeed. The osteopath also advises on baby’s sleep or the way to carry him/her, by recommending , for example, to not carry baby by the armpits. This can have repercussions on its digestion and sleep.”