Do I need to consult an osteopath for my baby?

When to go to the osteopath with a baby?

If your child is fineIt is no need to consult an osteopath. Consultation is only justified in the case of detected disturbances.

For example if the baby:

  • is tense, restless, sleeps badly or not enough,
  • born do not turn your head to either side or presents a cranial deformity,
  • swallows badlyhas difficulty sucking, breastfeeding and latching are difficult
  • suffer from it constipation (difficult defecation),
  • snores while sleeping,
  • cries when you put him on his back,
  • squirms after feeding and has enough gas.
  • if it shows an abnormal position beyond the first month of life.

“The infant is always expressing its uneasiness,” recalls Alexandre Hours. If he is well, there is no need to consult to “prevent.” » On the other hand, if he has colic, is tense or restless, sleeps poorly, has a deformed skull, does not turn his head to the side, or has a difficult diet, it may be a good idea to see an osteopath.

Why go to a pediatric osteopath?

Whether in the womb or during childbirth, babies are often stressed. For example twin pregnancy or if the baby is fat (fetal macrosomia), the lack of space can lead to a change in position, which can also be observed after birth. “Breach position – that is, buttocks down – also creates constraints,” explains Alexandre Hours. Finally, the birth – whether it takes place through low way or from Caesarean section – can also be the cause of malfunctions. »

From what age can you consult an osteopath?

the malfunctions usually manifests after a month of life, It is not necessary to make an appointment with your osteopath from birth.

Babies need a rest period after birth, so leave them alone, osteopath advises. For me, the only urgent reason for advice in the first few weeks of life is a docking problem.

. Bad position of the baby’s head often makes it impossible to swallow or open the mouth. An osteopathic session can often help.

The consultation usually takes place in two stages: a conversation with the parents to know the baby’s history (course of pregnancy, delivery, various problems encountered) and a osteopathic assessment. “We’ll keep an eye on that during the exam the mobility of the babyto motor skills or even his spontaneous position, explains Alexandre hours. We identify the imbalances to then remove the tension and restore soft tissue flexibility.”

What are the benefits of osteopathy in infants?

As with adults, the benefits of osteopathy in children are numerous, especially in in indigestion Or from torticollis. “Osteopathic treatment aims to recover the mobility (elasticity) of the child’s entire body so that its posture does not have mechanical effects on physiological and/or functional processes, explains Alexandre Hours. Often the session has a real impact on the baby’s quality of life. He becomes more relaxed and sleeps better.

Gastric Reflux (GERD) Relief…

the Indigestion is common in infants and toddlers. By the baby, the gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) – i.e. the backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus – often manifests itself through burping favored by liquid food and changes in position. “Most of the time, reflux is due to the immaturity of the baby’s digestive system and it all resolves once the child is upright,” explains Alexandre Hours. In addition to hygiene and nutritional advice – use of a thickened milk (on pediatrician’s prescription), meal splitting, etc. – Osteopathic treatment at the visceral level allows the tension at the stomach level to be released and things to improve.

… as well as constipation!

Common reason for a consultation with the pediatrician, the constipation in young children is often of functional origin. Simple lifestyle and dietary measures can help:

Enrich the diet with fiber Preference for semi-cooked cereals (rice, pasta, flour) and fruits and vegetables (green bean puree, stewed apple prune, etc.)

– to ensure, that The child drinks enough water to soften the stool and facilitate its evacuation

massage the abdomen : Abdominal massage can speed up your baby’s transit

move : Sport plays an important role in the fight against constipation, multiply the opportunities for physical activity with your child by making them crawl on all fours, etc.

A consultation with the osteopath will also make it possible to correct certain movement limitations that are often at the root of the dysfunction. “At the biomechanical level of posture, it is important to note that the reduction in vertical space leads to cranio-cervical and cervicothoracic extension,” explains Alexandre Hours. This affects thoraco-abdominal and pelvic pressure adjustment because the compressive forces of the diaphragm are then applied to the abdominal wall and not toward the pelvis. Consequence: Less support on the stomach leads to a Transit slowdowngreater fermentation and increased gas production ».

reduce colic

the colic Infants are characterized by excessive crying, which is most common after feeding or bottle-feeding, more likely in the late afternoon or evening. The baby is excited and emits gases. These seizures, which appear a few weeks after birth and usually disappear by the third or fourth month, are due to this intestinal cramps. Certain tensions in the organs of the digestive system can cause local dysfunction and encourage the occurrence of these painful colics. By promoting the restoration of balance at the visceral level and the elimination of tension, osteopathy will allow things to improve significantly…

Avoid recurring ear infections

Certain malfunctions can also cause this chronic pathologies of early childhood how ear infection. “For example, a child who snores and therefore does not breathe well through the nose is more prone to upper respiratory disease (Cold,rhinopharyngitis, ear infection),” confirms Alexandre Hours. In the case of otitis, the osteopath, by working at the level of the cranial sphere, allows the various secretions to flow out of the ear and improves the outflow from the Eustachian tube, the canal that connects the middle ear to the bridge of the nose .

Proper plagiocephaly (flat head)

Plagiocephaly (flat head)—usually positional and benign deformity of the skull—requires treatment by a physiotherapist and a osteopath. By treating functional torticollis, or tightness that favors rotation of the head to one side rather than the other, the osteopath restores postural symmetry and allows for dissociated rotation of the head, neck, and shoulders. “At the same time, it is important for parents to get involved and encourage their child. For example, by presenting him the toys sometimes to the right, sometimes to the left, so that he turns his head to either side.”

facilitate breastfeeding

Does your child have trouble latching? “Often the difficulty breastfeeding are due to a bad position of the head and neck that causes problems suck/swallow in the baby, says the osteopath. By acting on the infant’s position, sucking/swallowing mechanics, digestion and overall tension, we can facilitate breastfeeding.”

improve sleep

After all, many factors can interfere with this baby sleep : gastric reflux, Difficulty breathing through the nose, colic, torticollisetc “By resolving these dysfunctions through gentle manipulations, the child becomes more relaxed and sleeps better,” concludes the osteopath.

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