Baby & Childrens Clinic
Baby Cranial Osteopathy
It is a common belief that babies and children should have no structural stresses or strains in their bodies because they are so young. The reality is very different. The birth of a baby is one of the most stressful events of its life. The baby is subjected to enormous forces, as the uterus pushes to expel the baby, against the natural forces of the birth canal. The baby has to turn and twist as it squeezes through the bony pelvis on its short but highly stimulating and potentially stressful journey.
The baby's head has the remarkable ability to absorb these stresses in a normal delivery. In order to reduce the size of the head, the soft bones overlap, bend and warp as the baby descends. The baby's chin is normally well tucked down towards its chest to reduce the presenting diameter of the head.
Many babies are born with odd shaped heads as a result. In the first few days, the head can usually been seen to gradually lose the extreme moulded shape, as the baby suckles, cries and yawns. However, this un-moulding process is often incomplete, especially if the birth has been difficult. As a result, the baby may have to live with some uncomfortable stresses within its head and body. However, the birth moulding is a normal process that most people endure. With a caesarean section delivery there are NO moulding processes which can cause the same problems for a baby.
Jason Gaskill is a registered Osteopath and Naturopath who has been helping patients with this gentle form of treatment for over 10 years at our practices. Please contact us for further information 01270 661593