Baby Chiropractor Melbourne
My chiropractic for babies is very gentle.
An initial visit within the first 4-6 weeks of life is highly recommended. This is especially relevant if there has been a history of prematurity, traumatic normal delivery, multiple birth or assisted delivery that includes forceps, vacuum extraction or caesarean section.
Normal birthing involves significant forces that are transmitted through the baby’s body. The upper region of the uterus (womb) contracts placing a downward force on the baby’s bottom, while the cervix and pelvic floor provide an opposing and resisting force, which controls the birth. Your baby is effectively compressed between the two structures as they make a gradual decent into the world. This is a normal mechanism and their anatomy is designed to absorb the stresses. Assisted deliveries pull on head and neck structures that are not designed for such forces. A common misbelief is that caesarean sections are safer and gentler. This is incorrect as they also use a distracting (pulling) force to deliver the baby (the baby is pulled out of a small incision by its head, bottom, arm or leg). Assisted deliveries may cause musculoskeletal issues in the newborn.
If you are looking at this website you are probably wondering if your baby could benefit from seeing a Melbourne Baby Chiropractor. You may have already sought professional advice and been told that your baby is fine, but intuitively you know something is wrong. When working with babies I use gentle chiropractic combined with over 25 years experience working as a paediatric nurse and midwife to provide treatment and advice to help with various issues.
I propose the following questions:
- Does your baby have difficulty settling and staying asleep? (This may be due to musculoskeletal discomfort)
- Does your baby sleep with their head always turned to one side?
- Has your baby developed a flat spot on one side of their head?
- Do they favour one breast during feeding?
- Do they fuss and arch at the breast?
- Is breastfeeding painful?
- Is your baby delayed in rolling, crawling, walking or reaching for objects without any medical reason?
- Does your baby not like to weight bear on their legs?
As an experienced nurse and midwife I also work with the following issues:
- Vomiting causing distress for baby
- Silent reflux
- Constant squirming and grunting
- Growth issues related to problems feeding
Most parents come to me after they have been to multiple heath practitioners and no one really listens, informing them their baby “will grow out of it eventually” or “it’s normal for babies to cry”. Well I will listen, and if there is one thing I have learnt during my time working with babies and small children
Never-ever underestimate a ‘Mothers Intuition’