Babies & Children
Increasingly, we are getting more and more requests from parents to have a look at their younger infants and babies. Whilst the majority of these enquiries are as a result of word of mouth, a parent who is suffering from sleep deprivation and worried about an unsettled or distressed child is often open to new ideas when they have tried everything else.
Does Your Baby Behave in Any Of the Following Ways?
- Does your baby cry a lot especially early evening and does not stop for several hours?
- Is the crying a high pitch type of cry?
- Does your baby bring its legs up as if in discomfort or arch its back?
- Is your baby having problems latching on to feed?
- Is your baby unable to relax?
You are not alone! These are the most common type of symptoms for which parents bring their child into see us at Morningside Chiropractic.
Why Might Your Child Need Chiropractic Care?
You may think that babies and children would have no structural stresses and strains in their bodies because they are so young. However, childbirth can be a traumatic event on a baby’s cranium, spine and sacrum and can lead to excess stresses being brought on these structures. Normally a baby's head has a great ability to absorb these stresses and the soft bones overlap, bend and distort as the baby descends. This can sometimes results in a baby being born with an odd shaped head, which gradually changes and improves as the baby naturally cries, suckles and yawns. However, in some cases, neural tension or compressive strains in the head and body can remain, especially if the birth has been difficult or a caesarean section has been necessary (whether elective or emergency). This can lead to a variety of problems, such as excessive crying, irritability, an inability to relax or feeding difficulties.
So sometimes, because of this neural tension, no matter how much comforting you give your baby it may need a little more help. This is where Chiropractic care can come in to play...
Through its use of very gentle hands on work, Chiropractic can help remove these stresses and strains and assist the normal development of your baby or child. As we are looking to help your baby’s natural ability to release these stresses, rather than medical conditions, it should be considered in addition to and not a replacement for your normal health visitor or midwife check. The younger the baby is, the more quickly the improvements tend to happen.
Why Choose Laura For Your Baby Or Young Child?
Laura Nuttall is our dedicated paediatric chiropractor at the clinic. She loves working with babies and children, especially as they tend to respond to treatment so fast and favourably, and is passionate about giving them the best start in life. In addition to being with us here in Edinburgh, she also continues to work in Aberdeenshire, at a clinic which is at the forefront of chiropractic paediatric research in the UK. Whilst working there alongside Elisabeth Davidson, she has gained invaluable experience and knowledge in this ever growing area. She regularly attends post graduate peadiatric courses and this has allowed Laura to develop a very strong understanding and a high clinical standard in the treatment of babies and infants.
What To Expect When You First See Laura
Upon being warmly greeted by our reception team, you will be asked to complete an assessment form where we can gather some essential information about your child. You will then be brought into the treatment room and Laura will ask a few more questions to gain as much information as necessary to diagnose what might be wrong. Laura will then spend a few moments with your baby until your baby feels comfortable, before she carries out the necessary examination to identify any problem. If she needs to ask any further questions, this will generally be done after the exam as she finds the baby responds better when total touch and attention is focused on them. We do our best to make your baby to feel at ease during the examination and treatment and we have a special baby pillow that supports and moulds around your baby during this process.
How Is A Baby's Treatment Different To An Adult?
The methods used to adjust a baby or small child are clearly going to be very different from those of an adult. Laura has great experience in using gentle, safe and effective techniques appropriate for every stage of their development. These may include gentle spinal, cranial and visceral paediatric techniques and Laura will explain the treatment process to you and talk through your child’s treatment plan. We receive great feedback from parents who relax in the knowledge that their child's spine and cranial bones are in good hands. Be prepared for your child needing more than one treatment. Usually a baby's issue, unless a more serious case, can be treated within 4-5 sessions.
"Laura's manner with children is excellent, putting them at ease and making their treatment enjoyable. Thank you for high quality care, with great results!" - Alison H.
“Both my children have greatly benefitted from Laura’s friendly and professional care” - M. Fagan
"I am in no doubt that the change of my child's temperament was down to the work Laura did with him and would readily recommend to any other parents who just don't seem to be able to get to the crux of an issue with a new baby" - Nathalie L.
Growing Infants And Children Can Need Help Too...
As your baby grows, they will begin doing all kinds of random movements trying to establish how their body is supposed to move. This will range from attempting to hold their head up, rolling over and eventually after a few wobbly attempts sitting upright. This is all before they enter the world of crawling and walking. These are all essential milestones your child passes as their body grows. However all these attempts to reach these milestones are susceptible to damage. If even minor injuries happen, their spinal alignment can be negatively affected. It is at these times when it is great to come and get your baby screened to rule out any issues that could hinder full range of motion development.
Here's Just Some Of The Many Benefits And Advantages We Have For You At Morningside Chiropractic ...
Maximum Baby Comfort - using highly specialist diagnostic tools and a supportive baby pillow you can be rest assured your baby is enjoying the greatest level of comport.
Trusted Family Friendly Clinic - Morningside Chiropractic has established links with local Edinburgh post natal groups and paediatric professionals which should help you to generate a solid network of support during this exciting time. We are a family friendly clinic and you are more than welcome to bring any other children in with you as we are fully aware that getting child care can be difficult. We have plenty of colouring in books or cartoons to keep them amused, so you can fully focus your attention on your baby’s care . Breast or bottle feeding is also possible during treatment.
Park At The Front Door - You don't have to worry about carry your child a long distance from your car. There is metered parking directly outside the clinic between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Alternatively, there is also free parking available on neighbouring side streets.
Baby Changing Facilities - Our onsite changing table will help give you piece of mind in case of any 'accidents' while you are at our clinic.
Friendly Efficient Reception Staff - Our reception is always staffed during opening hours so any enquiries you may have can be answered promptly whether it be via phone call or email. Out with these hours someone will be available to answer your phone calls.
Award Winning Clinic - In January 2014 we won a prestigious award (one of only 8 clinics in Scotland) for demonstrating excellent patient management in all areas of patient care, starting from the moment you first make contact with the clinic. So you can be assured we have your health and happiness at the top of our priorities list.
Ongoing Education - Your education and your baby's care does not begin and end in the clinic. You will receive detailed information and handouts on important topics relating to your babys’ health and development. We also have a Blog section which is regularly updated with helpful information.
Parental Care - We can offer advice about how to lift and carry. For new mums we can also carry out a free assessment for any structural changes that may have oocured during the pregnancy or after labour.
Our Treatment Promise!
We guarantee if your baby is not suitable for chiropractic treatment you will not be charged and we will look to refer them to another specialist that may be able to offer you more appropriate treatment.