It is a common belief that babies and children should have no stresses or strains in their bodies, because they are ‘so young’. The reality is very different. Birth is one of the most stressful events of our lives. The baby is subjected to enormous forces, as the uterus pushes to expel the baby against the natural resistance of the birth canal.
Many babies are born with odd shaped heads as a result. In the first few days, the head can usually be seen to gradually lose the extreme molded shape, as the baby suckles, cries and yawns. However, this unmolding process is often incomplete, especially if the birth has been difficult or was assisted with forceps or ventouse. As a result, the baby may have to live with some very uncomfortable stresses within its head and body.
Some babies cope extremely well with even quite severe retained molding and compression, and are contented and happy. For others it is a different story.
Crainal treatment using the cranial approach is gentle, safe and effective for babies and children. Very specific, skilled, light pressure is applied where necessary to assist the natural ability of the body to release stresses and tensions.
Reactions to treatment are variable; often the baby or child is very relaxed afterwards and sleeps well. Others have a burst of energy after treatment, usually followed by a good nights sleep.
Consider trying cranial therapy if your baby had a traumatic or difficult birth or is he is suffering from any of the following:
- Colic, sickness and excessive wind
- Irritability and restlessness
- Feeding difficulties
- Sleep disturbances
- Misshapen head
- Trauma after difficult delivery (forceps, ventouse, or induction)