Birth is the likely to be the most stressful journey of our life. The head is hugely compressed with the soft mobile bones of the skull naturally overlapping, accommodating the journey through the birth canal. It is always worth looking at how your baby has responded to this journey.
The distortions and compressions usually right themselves after birth, assisted by the baby’s full range of breathing, sucking, crying and yawning. Difficulties in labour, though, such as a prolonged or fast birth, a Ventouse or Forceps delivery, or an Emergency Caesarean, for example, can impact this healing process, particularly when the baby has been distressed, and leave the baby struggling to be comfortable.
This unresolved imprint may result in Colic or Reflux. There may be lots of wind and explosive stools, gurgling sounds, a bloated stomach, they may be arching their back, crying inconsolably, squirming all the time, or be uncomfortable at night and struggle to get to sleep or stay asleep. It can be very distressing for the parents and extend way beyond the suggested 3 months
When we examine these babies, we usually find retained moulding of their heads and tense diaphragms. Their compressions may affect the nerves to the stomach, and their brains and digestions may be over stimulated due to their discomfort or the stress that they have been through.
We like to treat these infants and we believe we can help them. Not only from our own experience and the feedback of mothers, but research also has shown (Hayden.C. and Mullinger B. 2006) that babies with colic having Osteopathic treatment cry less and show a significant improvement to hours of restful sleep.