When should I bring my baby to an osteopathic practitioner?
Babies can be seen by an osteopathic practitioner anytime, there is no minimum age. Some studies have even shown that osteopathy can be beneficial in preterm infants.
In some cases, it can is beneficial for babies to be seen sooner rather than later. For example, feeding and latch difficulties should be addressed early on.
Torticollis and plagiocephaly outcomes have been shown to improve with earlier intervention as well.
There are many reasons people bring their babies in for an osteopathic treatment, including digestive symptoms, excessive fussing, and a sense that something might not be right (despite often being told that ‘everything is ok/this is normal’) yet you know that your baby is uncomfortable.
Some babies have tension in their bodies from their positioning in-utero or following a challenging birth and osteopathy can help them to feel more comfortable.
Osteopathic practitioners can provide an assessment as a general newborn/infant check up and can also address specific concerns you might have about your baby, and can provide you with resources for infant care.
Osteopathy involves gentle manual techniques that address dysfunction, tensions, or imbalances in the body. These hands on techniques can improve mobility, regulate the nervous system, and work with the cranium, spine, pelvis and organs to support the body and provide comfort and ease.
Interested in bringing your baby in for an osteopathic treatment?
Lanaro, D. et al. Osteopathic manipulative treatment showed reduction in length of stay and costs in preterm infants: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Mar;96(12)