Osteopathy is an effective and natural approach to healthcare for all life stages. Osteopaths treat babies and children for a variety of common complaints, and to ensure healthy postural development.
Can osteopathy help my child?
Many common problems suffered by babies and children can be treated effectively with osteopathy.
Problems often suffered by babies:
- crying and irritability, especially when lying down.
- feeding difficulties.
- sickness, colic and wind, constipation.
- sleep disturbances.
Problems often suffered by older children:
- musculo-skeletal problems - growing pains, scoliosis, kyphosis/lordosis, Osgood Schlatters/Chondromalacia Patella
- recurrent ear infection, sometimes with a loss of hearing and 'glue ear'.
- sinus problems, with a constantly blocked or runny nose.
- asthma and vulnerability to chest infections.
Could my child suffer an adverse reaction to osteopathy?
Often, after treatment, the baby or child is very relaxed and sleeps well. Others have a burst of energy, and then have a good night's sleep. Occasionally children feel unsettled, but this is a temporary situation that happens when mechanical changes are occurring, and only lasts for a day or two.
At what age should my child be treated?
Children of any age can benefit from osteopathy. It is never too early to start, and for best results treatment should begin before the age of five.
Osteopathy for babies and toddlers
Many of the problems that babies and children suffer are caused before, during and immediately after birth, and the child may be left with uncomfortable stresses within its head and body. These stresses can lead to problems such as suckling and latching-on difficulties, irritability, colic, wind and disturbed sleep patterns. Toddlers may suffer from difficulties with mobility and play, and they may sit, crawl and walk early, seeking movement to relieve physical discomfort.
Sleep patterns are disturbed, teething may be uncomfortable and head banging or pulling at the hair may occur.
Osteopathic treatment can bring about significant improvement in these cases, and has particular success in treating the problems suffered by premature babies. These babies inevitably suffer stresses and trauma during birth and then further stress from the equipment that needs to be used to stabilise their condition.
Osteopathy for children and teenagers
Distortions to the head can continue to hinder the growth and development of a child's brain as it grows older. The child's behaviour may be volatile, and they may have problems with coordination and physical development. They may be vulnerable to chronic ear infections, glue ear, headaches, growing pains and stomach aches. The child's posture may suffer too, with the head being held on one side, or one shoulder held higher than the other.
During the teenage years, the body frame undergoes a number of changes. Problems may occur because of an exaggerated spinal curve or because of mechanical changes that occur through osteochondritis - a self-limiting condition that causes a distortion of the bone. Other problems are caused by sporting and recreational activities that carry the risk of sprains and strains.
If these problems are left undiagnosed and untreated they can worsen in later life. Osteopaths can help the body frame adjust to the postural demands made on it. By analysing, treating and managing problems associated with growth, osteopaths make a major contribution to ensuring that young people stay fit and healthy.
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