“He’s always looking to one side.”

As osteopaths who specialise in paediatrics, we often hear the following phrases from new parents:

‘He feeds really well on one side but not as well on the other.’

‘He’s always looking to one side.’

adorable-19580_640Generally, these parents have consulted an osteopath because they are:

  • finding breast feeding difficult,
  • are concerned their baby is experiencing signs of reflux or colic,
  • or are worried about the shape of their babies head.

 

To an osteopath who specialises in paediatrics, these observations are really important. Firstly, it can suggest that the baby’s neck is restricted, limiting movement to one side and potentially affecting the baby’s feeding mechanics, which can make breastfeeding challenging. It also suggests that home management, such as simple exercises to stimulate the baby to the opposite side and increasing ‘tummy time’, may be beneficial. In the case of head shape, early intervention is the key, for more information see our blog on head shape: https://kaneandross.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/flat-head-syndrome/

If you have noticed these things with your own baby, or find yourself saying the above phrases, contact an osteopath who specialises in obstetrics and paediatrics to discuss your questions or concerns: http://www.kaneandross.co.uk