It goes without saying that childbirth is one of the most stressful events in life, not just for the mother, but the baby too. During the push to expel the baby, the baby’s body comes under considerable forces and stresses as it makes its journey into the outside world. A baby’s head is designed with a remarkable ability to cope with these forces. The bones in the baby’s skull plates are soft and have the ability to overlap and flex as the head passes through the pelvis. As a consequence the baby’s head may be a little misshapen after birth and this can be particularly the case if the birth is assisted with forceps.
Post Birth Trauma
Within the first few days after childbirth, the baby’s head will generally return to normal however there can be some slight residual compression/overlapping left behind which can cause distress due to pressure on the brain. Childbirth can cause also cause other problems for the baby. The diaphragm can be put under tension or out of shape around the baby’s oesophagus. This can cause wind to become trapped or make it difficult for the baby to keep milk down. Other issues can impact a baby’s ability to latch on to suckle and general tension can lead to poor sleep from an inability to relax.
Osteopathy for Babies
Many midwives and health visitors recommend new mothers bring their babies to our osteopathic clinics in Ashford, Chatham and Dover within a day or two of giving birth. We are always happy to see them.
I had quite a difficult birth with my daughter Sarah and wondered if this was why she had trouble feeding properly. I decided to see Cecile, who had been treating me for back problems, to see if she could help. Over the space of two weeks Sarah had three sessions of cranial osteopathy. By the end she was latching on much better and longer and she became far more settled.
My son had a very unsettled sleep pattern which I was finding exhausting. My mid-wife suggested going to Touch2Heal in Evegate. Sharron tried some cranial osteopathy and the results were instantaneous. That night was his best sleep ever. I took him to see Sharron a few more time after that and now he’s totally fine.
James was very colicky so we’d tried medicine to no avail. We then took him to see Cecile at Touch2Heal and in no time at all he was over it. Cecile was brilliant.
We’d heard about cranial osteopathy but were a bit sceptical however our daughter never appeared settled so we thought we’d give it a try. The results were quite staggering. We can highly recommend Touch2Heal.