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During delivery, the baby passes through the mother’s pelvis and the baby’s head is subjected to a lot of compression. After birth, a natural phase of decompression of the bones of the baby’s head can be observed, after which the baby’s head returns to its normal appearance.
Sometimes this decompression phase can be incomplete, especially if the delivery was too fast, too long, or if forceps or vacuum cups were used.
In these cases, this compression may still be present even though the baby’s head may appear symmetrical. Then, the baby may cry, be irritable, have problems to sleep, to breastfeed or have constipation problems, among others…
Why can cranial compression affect the newborn so severely?
Between the bones of the baby’s head, there are some gaps that allow the cranial nerves to pass through to innervate the organs.
If compression is still present in the baby’s head after birth, these cranial nerves can become irritated as they pass through the bones, affecting the physiology of the organs and creating problems.
Each cranial nerve has a different function and each is extremely important. For example, they are involved in the functioning of the 5 senses, in the movement of the eyes, the tongue, the muscles of the face etc.. Only one of them gives innervation to the lungs, the heart and almost the entire gastrointestinal system. We see then why an irregularity of one of them can generate complications.
The Osteopath then intervenes by decompressing the bones of the baby’s head with light, soft and precise manipulations, relaxing the nervous tensions and irritations, thus allowing the symptoms to disappear.
In addition, childbirth or pregnancy can be a very stressful period for some mothers. Thus, a stress or any emotion experienced by the mother at the time of childbirth or pregnancy will be experienced with the same intensity by the baby. The baby’s nervous system registers and stores it all.
This stress stored in the nervous system may affect the newborn’s well-being; it may prevent the baby from sleeping by awakening him/her to any noise or keep his/her diaphragm under tension, which prevents him/her from being well nourished.
In these cases, the role of the Osteopath will be to release the information retained in the baby’s nervous system.
Does the baby usually have reactions to treatments?
Reactions to treatments are usually different since each baby is unique. In general, the baby is usually very relaxed after a treatment.
Sometimes a baby may be a little cranky for a day or two after a treatment, but usually calms down afterwards.
How many sessions does this treatment require?
The number of treatments generally varies between 2 and 6 sessions, depending on the tension present in the tissues and the age of the child. As a general rule, every baby should have at least one session after birth and the sooner the better.
Can parents influence the baby’s condition?
Sometimes the baby’s nervous tension can be related to that of the parents. Thus, if a parent is very stressed by work or other circumstances, they may inadvertently affect the well-being of their newborn. In this case, treatment may be directed towards one of the spouses in order to help the baby.
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