Our practitioners are well trained and educated to appreciate particular stresses on the body undergone by children as they grow from babies to teenagers and has developed an approach to work with children of all ages.
Our practitioners regularly treat babies, children and teenagers for a range of conditions. We find effective, early treatment prevents and minimizes other problems from occurring.
Our practitioners commonly treat babies with:
- developmental problems
- constant crying
- feeding difficulties
- digestive problems and constipation
- skull deformation or flat head syndrome
A range of problems may interfere with the normal development of a child. Trauma during pregnancy and birth, childhood accidents and falls, or simply the rapid changes of the body’s growth can create or contribute to problems associated with bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Other issues faced by children include posture problems, inflammatory conditions and sporting injuries.
Our practitioners will work with you and your child to plan the best way forward. Before treatment, we take a very comprehensive history of your child and also the pregnancy and birth. A physical examination is completed to determine what is the cause of the problem and what type of treatment is suitable for your child. This may include a referral to other health care practitioners if needed. Nutritional advice along with general health, posture and exercise advice will also be incorporated into the session.
Osteopathic care is safe, gentle and effective without the use of drugs or surgery. It can assist young children and babies to adapt to growth-related changes which can prevent other health problems. It can help your baby grow into a healthy child and, ultimately, a healthy young adult.
Conditions that osteopaths treat in children and teenagers include:
- back pain and headaches
- ear infections
- growing pains in muscles, bones and joints
- postural problems including curvature of the spine
- urinary problems
- period pain
- walking difficulties or foot pain
- sporting injuries
- the physical effects of cerebral palsy