What I need for my Newborn BabyAll I need for my newborn baby
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Shall I take my newborn to an osteopath?
Recently I spoke to a dad girlfriend of mine about how his newborn benefited a lot from seeing a pediatric osteopath, and even attributed the result of the meetings to the fact that she seems more developed bodily than other infants at her own ages. To explain what happens at an appointments and why she can be so advantageous in these early phases, we got the brightly coloured Osteopath Liv Lowrie.
We recommend early postnatal evaluation and management of the newborn. At my own surgery I see infants right after leaving the clinic with the mom or after a home delivery - and in my view all infants will very much profit from an early postnatal examination by a pediatric osteopath.
Always it is important to verify the overall asymmetry of the baby's physique and ensure that the baby is well oriented without compressing the back, mind and throat. A newborn' s control includes the maternal healthcare during gestation, the intrauterine evolution and positioning of the baby, contractions and birth - whether naturally, with assistance or by caesarean section.
During the first consultation, the baby is taken off and checked for up to one and a half hours - and after a thorough anamnesis about the baby's gestation, birth, birth, evolution and condition up to the consultation. Starting with the observation of the baby, I let it get used to me - always with the mom or the parent at his side.
So I like to observe the baby and how it responds to its environment and how awake and concentrated it is. Occasionally a newborn baby can be very drowsy and this happens shortly after a Caesarean section or when it has symptoms of jaundice. Then I will insert my hand very softly and examine the reflections, the waist posture, the breath patterns and the general orientation of the part.
I' m particularly interested in how the baby is holding its baby's baby and turning its baby's baby's head around its throat - and at the same place I make sure that the skull bone is well oriented and that I can sense the fontanel on its baby's pill. It is a very important part of our work and gives me an impression of the strain placed on the brain and spinal column during birth.
Skullbones must develop after childbirth - but this can take longer after a venous - or tweezer - supported childbirth. I find in these cases that the baby has a great need for suckling because they have an instinctive feeling that suckling increases intracranial stress and helps to open the mind and bod.
Sometimes the baby's need for suckling can be mistaken for starvation - and the baby could be overfeeding. This, in turn, can cause a baby to often produce or bring up indigested breastmilk. In my surgery I have a cast of a newborn's head and I like to show it to my parent when I tell them how easy it is to get the head bone and throat a little stump.
One side may be more preferred than the other, leading to plagiocephaly fever or shallow bowel disorder, blocking ear, nasal and eye draining, or simply making the baby feel unwell. This can also make breast-feeding a little more challenging, as the baby's turning of the baby's neck is limited, making it more challenging for the baby to turn its neck so far that it can engage correctly.
At the same moment I will also be checking for the wryneck or lingual ligament, which in turn affects the baby's diet and posture. Spinal column orientation and balance is always important for the baby's overall health and well-being - and I always monitor whether the baby is respiring from its phrenic, which aids copulation, general blood flow and defecation.
There are many newborn babies who have not yet learned to breath with their membranes - and only have a very flat respiratory patter. It can result in a very restless baby who has trouble dropping into a real sound sleeping habit and is slightly frightened by sounds or movements.
I find that if the phrenic is limited, this can cause indigestion such as blockage, prolonged winds, which can cause coil trouble or difficulty pushing the baby. I' m also looking for evidence of involuntary borreliosis that can result in a very insecure baby and in some cases require further referred back to the family doctor, pediatrician or pediatric gastroenterologist - but if I discuss it in detail with my parent, it could calm down or be treated without medications.
When the baby needs to be breastfed at any point during the check-up or procedure, it is usually a good moment to monitor its dietary patterns and suction, which also support the procedure. I will always keep the parent informed of my results during the check-up and suggest a referring back to their doctor if I have any doubts about the baby's condition or evolution.
Usually the baby falls to sleep during the procedure, but it can also cry if it experiences changes in its own system. Usually this will happen very quickly - but some infants may have a mild response to the procedure which can make them a little insecure and last up to 24 hrs after use.
Most infants have a tendency to experience a surge in size after therapy, especially in some cases where they have been exposed to intrauterine compressive stress. Pediatric osteopathic therapy is very mild and uses subtile technologies that relieve stress and strain in the baby's own system. One of these technologies is crane therapy, which helps the skull bone to unfold and allows the human organism to develop in the right direction and thus in good physical state.
Always I will talk to the parent about the current treatment - but at most screening sessions the baby only needs a little push in the right directions and can then develop and become wholesome, lucky kids who should be every baby's birthright.