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    Tks Jools.

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    Osteopathic Treatment of Reflux

    Reflux is caused by a weakness of the muscle at the stomach which stops the food returning back up the esophagus. In adults this is normally strong and does it's job well, however in children it may take time to develop.

    This muscle (sphincter) can be influenced by a number of factors.
    i) Local weakness of the sphincter and the muscles around the sphincter
    ii) Neurological - the nerve supply to muscle may be inefficient
    iii) Postural - the position of the baby will influence the work load on the muscle

    When a baby is born it goes through extreme stress to exit the birth canal and as a result many of it's tissues can become irritated. For example, at the base of the skull lies the Vagus nerve which directly influences the function of the digestive system. The Phrenic nerve which supplies the diaphragm (the muscle surrounding the sphincter) also is close to the head and the neck and may to become "locked" or irritated. These nevers may then prevent the sphincter from working properly.

    There are many more factors involved but the job of the osteopath is to gently examine the infant and try and make a diagnosis which can take time and a little trial and error and therefore requires patience on the part of the parents.

    For more information on the osteopathic treatment of children:
    http://www.osteopath.co.il/babies-children.html

    Best wishes,
    Osteopath, Jerusalem, Israel
    http://www.osteopath.co.il/home-eng.html

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    this is interesting - does anyone know when babies can start cranial sacral therapy?

    And are there problems with C-section babies? if they didn't go through the birth canal ( and hence extreme stress) would they have problems with digestion?

    My son absolutely hates fod and feeding - formula or solids, and I'm wondering if this may be something I can try.

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    I was shocked to learn that many cesarean babies are born with the help of forceps. I assumed (wrongly) that if the baby was born by cesarean that the doctor would simply pull the baby out with his hands. But apparently the cut can be smaller if the doctor uses forceps rather than his hands.

    So even if the baby is born by scheduled cesarean it might be that he would benefit from osteopathic treatment because forceps deliveries can easily pull the neck muscles as well as affect the nerves going to the mouth and jaw - this can be a cause of feeding difficulties.

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    my daughter was born by c-section, and I had the same though about whether it was a 'stress' or not, so I called the Oesteopath to ask! She was great on the phone, and in my situation (twins) it was considered a 'stress' for them even before the birth. I took my bub along, and it was great. She still had the reflux until very recently (she's now 10-months), but it didn't really cause her any bother after those first few weeks. Out of the two of them, I would call her my 'angel' baby!

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    I heard about the forceps but didn't assume its needed for a C-section - I don't even know if in my case forceps was used. I guess it doesn't hurt to try CO then. it seems that whether by natural borth or C section babies suffer some kind of stress or "injury". Wonder what happen in those days before cranial osteopathy?

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    Babies can start as soon as they're born. The cranial osteopath who worked on my son in the UK, was 'working' on her own child in the delivery room. The pressure that is applied to the baby's skull is very light and therefore, they can be worked on from a very young age.

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    How many sessions did your second child need for the head shaping? My daughter was also delivered ventouse and the doc has told us it will get better within a month or so. She is 3+ weeks and its slightly better but not completely normal. Anyone else had babies through ventouse? Is the doc right about saying that the cephalhaematoma gets better on its own?



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    Yes I saw Caroline Rhodes at the Body Group 10 Pottinger Street, Central-Telephone: 21677305.

    Yes we saw results, especially with our second child. Number two and number three were treated by Caroline. Our second child was ventouse delivered, and the cranial osteopathy really helped with her head shaping. She also had a slight curving of the lower spine and this was also sorted out.

    Our third one came out completely naturally and had the most beautiful round head. We had him treated, largely because the other two had had it, and also the birth experience is such a traumatic one, we felt that this gentle manipulation may help to ease his transition into the world.

    Caroline also has other therapists that she employs to carry out the protocols. They are also excellent; one of the guys was actually so calming that I came out of the treatments feeling like he had been working on me as well.

    I hope that helps.
    Last edited by joyofliving; 03-26-2008 at 05:22 PM.

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