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Children and Babies
Osteopathy recognises the particular stresses on the body children experience as they grow from babies to teenagers, and has developed an approach to work with children of all ages.
A range of problems may interfere with the normal development of a child. Trauma during pregnancy and birth, childhood accidents and falls, or simply the young body’s rapid growth can create or contribute to problems associated with bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Other issues faced by children include posture problems, inflammatory conditions and sporting injuries.
An osteopath will work with you and your child to plan the best way forward. The osteopath will take a complete medical history, conduct an examination, and ask you and your child questions. Your osteopath and you can determine which type of osteopathic treatment is suitable, and if referrals to other health practitioners are needed. Your osteopath can also offer advice on nutrition, general health, posture and exercise.
Osteopaths commonly treat babies with:
- developmental problems
- constant crying
- feeding difficulties
- digestive problems and constipation
- skull deformation or flat head syndrome
Conditions that osteopaths treat in children and teenagers include:
- back pain and headaches
- ear infections
- growing pains in muscles, bones and joints
- postural problems including curvature of the spine
- urinary problems
- period pain
- walking difficulties or foot pain
- sporting injuries
- the physical effects of cerebral palsy
Osteopathic care is safe, gentle and effective without the use of drugs or surgery. It can assist the young body to adapt to growth-related changes which can prevent other health problems. It can help your baby grow into a healthy child and, ultimately, a healthy young adult.
Osteopaths treat babies, children and teenagers for a range of conditions. Effective, early treatment can prevent other problems from occurring.