Osteopathy for Infants.

Cranial Osteopathy for infants is a non-invasive, gentle hands on technique. In cranial osteopathy the osteopath helps the body’s natural ability to self-correct, to remove any trauma that may have occurred during the birth.

In a foetal skull the bones are connected with a thin layer of fibrous tissue. This tissue allows the bones to overlap when under pressure from contractions. The ability to overlap is an important function in birth. It allows the diameter of the foetal skull to temporarily reduce where the pressure has been applied. This in turn allows the head to negotiate its way through the pelvic brim and birth canal. This is called moulding. Moulding also protects the infant’s brain from being directly compressed by the birth.

Infants born before term have softer cranial bones with wider spaces between them; this can lead to more excessive moulding. Likewise, an infant who is beyond term have less soft cranial bones and have lost some of the capacity to overlap (Bennett & Brown 2009). Cranial Osteopathy can help the bones align into the correct position after birth reducing the tension caused by labour.

Cranial osteopathy can help infants who are restless, irritable at being flat on their back, that have a poor or disorganised latch. Infants who suffer the symptoms of reflux and colic and infants who have tongue tie, before and after having a frenulotomy.

© 2012 by Elizabeth Beckett.