Paediatric Osteopathy in Chiswick & Kensington
Many of the problems that babies and children suffer are caused before, during and immediately after birth, the child may be left with uncomfortable stresses within its head and body. These can lead to problems such as suckling & latching-on difficulties, irritability, colic, wind and disturbed sleep patterns. Toddlers may suffer from difficulties with mobility, they may sit, crawl, 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 babies and toddlers in Chiswick & Kensington
The bones in the baby's head are designed to overlap to create the easiest route as it passes through the birth canal. This can create molding of the head that will normally resolve within the first few days of life. If the baby has adopted a difficult position during the pregnancy, or labor has been long or very quick, then this molding can remain and create uncomfortable pressure within the baby's head. Tension around the base of the skull may also irritate the nerves that exit from this region. A common nerve pinched in this way supplies the stomach often resulting in colic type symptoms.
Osteopathy for children and teenagers in Chiswick & Kensington
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, they may have problems with co-ordination and physical development. They may be vulnerable to chronic ear infections, glue ear, headaches, growing pains and stomach aches. They may be habitual mouth breathers, suffer from developmental problems such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 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 analyzing, treating and managing problems associated with growth, osteopaths make a major contribution to ensuring that young people stay fit and healthy.