Hummingbird Natural Health
Treating Infants and Children with CranioSacral Therapy

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Before we start, I would like to point out the following distinctions.  Within my practice, I refer to CranioSacral Therapy for children as being ages one to nine.  For babies and infants (up to age one), there are a number of differences in the approach to treatment.  Age nine and above, the treatment is the same as adults. 

 
Infants

I have noticed that most babies and moms too, often need assistance in dealing with the effects of a difficult labour. 
One of the reasons for this is that in an ideal birth scenario, nature has designed your baby's skull to be compressed and mold as it travels through the birth canal during a vaginal birth.  It is normal for the cranial bones to override each other.  After birth, these overrides and other accommodations in the baby's skull should not persist.  If they do not correct themselves, they can interfere with proper cranial nerve function leading to colic, breathing, swallowing, digestive or sensory-motor impairments and more.  Sometime babies are injured in the birth process.  The injuries may be both physical and emotional.  CranioSacral Therapy can address these injuries as well as the effects of precpirous or prolonged labor, vacuum extraction, forceps or cesarean birth. 
Babies born by C-section miss out on this vital compression through the birth canal which helps balance the cranial bones.  Babies born with the use of forceps or vacuum often experiences undue stress on the head and face and strain patterns often develop in their bodies.  The excitement and euphoria of the baby's safe arrival masks the stress that the baby has experienced.  Soon however, problems arise. 
You may notice your baby has problems with:
• Sleeping
• Feeding
• Straining while going to the toilet
• Ear infection
• Excess crying
• Flat spots or bulges on the head
• Uneven ear or eye positions
• Prefers feeding on one of their sides
• Prefers lying on one side rather than another
 
 
It is always lovely to see you return to me with your new born infant.  I sometimes see infants as young as 1-2 weeks.  It is a great time for an Infant CranioSacral Therapy treatment as many future complications can be minimized or avoided.  Early treatments make all the difference in the world in ensuring and enhancing the health of your infant.  

 
Treating Your Child
 
There are many ways which I need to adapt my techniques to treat these little ones effectively.  
Children may prefer to be close to their caregiver and so their treatment may take place either lying down on the table, or mine or your lap sitting in a chair.  As similar to the adult techniques your child will be fully clothed.  If they are a toddler, I often find myself following them around the room waiting for an opportunity to get my hands on them!
I have some colorful toys, storybooks, and jigsaws in my therapy room, this helps keep the child's interest and allows for me to get more hand on time with the client.  You are welcome to bring some of your baby or child's favorite toys, giving them a sense of comfortability and familiarity.
I will have your baby either lie down on the treatment table, or either myself or you can be holding your little one.  During the treatment the baby often needs to cuddle, feed, or cry as balance is restored and emotion is released in the body.  

More Reasons to Treat a Child
Children's bodies are malleable.  They can easily correct and quickly because they have spent less time organizing themselves around their physical and emotional restrictions.  Left untreated, these restrictions can take more time and effort to correct in adulthood, causing pain and dysfunction in the long run. 

Some More Reasons:
Chronic Middle Ear Infections
Infant Colic 
Headaches
Learning Disabilities
Trauma
Sensory Integration Problems 
Breastfeeding Difficulties
Difficult/Fast/Slow Birth
Sleep Issues
Autism 
Developmental Delays
Chronic Pain
ADD/ADHD
Mobility Concerns
Cerebral Palsy 
Genetic Disorders
Neurological Conditions 
Reflux
 
For babies and children the sessions usually last from 30-40 minuets.  This varies depending on the child.