A newborn session can minimize or eliminate the repercussions of difficult births and help ensure good health for well babies. All babies should receive newborn evaluations and treatments as soon as possible after birth. Children should continue to receive pediatric treatments periodically throughout childhood as they grow and develop.
A Typical Pediatric Session
Children rest fully clothed anywhere that’s comfortable. Sometimes children sit, crawl, walk, stand or play with toys on the floor during the treatment. They don’t need to hold still.
I adapt my techniques to the attention span and needs of the child. Similar to adults, I listen to the child’s body and let their body guide me to work. With newborns, I pay special attention to the cranium and the cranial rhythm.
Sometimes children release emotions or cry during treatments, but the techniques do not hurt babies and children. Crying is often a natural part of the release process.
Treatments set the stage for the body to most efficiently use its own power to heal. Most children find the sessions to be deeply relaxing. Babies and children will often sleep for a longer stretch than usual after a session.
During the birth process, the baby’s head molds to fit through the mother’s pelvis. It is normal for the cranial bones to override each other. After birth, these overrides and other accommodations in the baby’s skull should not persist. If they do not correct themselves, they can interfere with proper cranial nerve function leading to colic, breathing, swallowing, digestive or sensory-motor impairments and more. Sometimes babies are injured in the birth process, these injuries may be both physical and emotional. Treatments can address these injuries as well as the effects of lack of normal mobility in utero, precipitous or prolonged labor, vacuum extraction, forceps or cesarean birth.
Treatments can effectively address many of the following issues that may be created by a surgical birth.
Cesarean birth can be harder on babies than we imagine. Cesarean-born babies have lower Apgar scores, more respiratory distress, more abnormal neurological exams, and more abnormal evaluations. They have more chronic middle ear infections and other problems throughout childhood. The birth process is more abrupt and potentially more frightening than vaginal birth. Surgically born infants have fewer quiet alert periods right after birth and have less opportunity to share bonding time with their mothers who may be unconscious or recovering in another room. Treatments can effectively address all of these things.
Treatments Can Help:
- Fussy, hard to soothe babies
- Babies who seem uncomfortable in their bodies
- Babies who have digestive or elimination difficulties
- Spitting up
- Breastfeeding problems
- Difficult latching
- Latch problems that contribute to sore nipples for moms
- Babies who favor turning their heads to one side
- Babies who favor one breast or position for nursing
- Babies who seem overly sensitive
- Babies who hate tummy time
- Teething babies
- Non-sleeping babies
- Children who have mobility issues
- Children who have sensory issues
- Children who have vision issues