Babies & Children

Victoria, along with other health professionals who treat children, regularly maintains a working knowledge of developmental milestones and age specific health checks. She also follows conventional practice guidelines for key childhood conditions, including plagiocephaly (flatspot or mis-shaped head), torticollis (wry neck), hip dysplasia and scoliosis.

http://www.rch.org.au/uploadedFiles/Main/Content/plastic/Deformational_Plagiocephaly.pdf

http://www.rch.org.au/clinicalguide/guideline_index/Torticollis/

http://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/rpa/neonatal/html/docs/DDHips.pdf

Brian, Reamy, Joseph, Slakey, ‘Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Review and Current Concepts’. American Family Physician:64(1), 2001,p111-117

If you have a query whether Osteopathy may be able to help with the musculoskeletal effects of your child’s symptom picture or condition, please phone the clinic number and talk to Victoria.

Victoria also manages the musculoskeletal components of other conditions in clinic, which have (as yet) limited research including:

  • Infanile Postural Asymmetry
  • Infantile Colic
  • Breastfeeding / Bottlefeeding difficulties
  • Pre and Post Tongue tie management
  • Delayed motor milestones
  • Feet turning in/or out
  • Asymmetric walking/crawling patterns
  • Physical injuries from falls

A note here: Osteopathic care does not claim to cure any of these childhood conditions, simply it aims to remove excess physical tension which may help relieve the symptom picture.

Below is an explanation on the Effect of Birth on Babies. This helps to demonstrate just how extraordinary and powerful birth is.

The Effect of Birth on Babies

During birth the head needs to pass through the mothers pelvis, so it flexes, rotates and extends using the occiput (back of the babies head) as a pivoting point to exit. At the same time the contractions of labour are compressing the cranial bones to fold and overlap one another (to reduce the size of the head coming out). As the baby enters the world and takes it’s first breath, a chain of events unfolds. There is a dramatic change to the circulation, as blood no longer comes or goes to the placenta and a hole in the heart closes. Fluid is squeezed out of the lungs and filled with air to start oxygenating the body. The central nervous system is stimulated, the cord cut and the baby is seperated from the mother. The cranial bones slowly begin to unfold to original position. This all happens over the course of a day.

If it turns out that your birth was very difficult or traumatic, then an Osteopathic treatment may be able to help with the musculoskeletal effects on your newborn.


Acknowledgement:

A big Thank you to John Smartt (an Osteopath) for his ongoing academic research and his generous nature. For research papers related to Osteopathy with Children please visit John Smartt: Osteopathy Explained Version 1.4 at www.smarttosteopath.com