I had a patient who came in to Cambridgeshire Family Chiropractic Centre the other week for her regular monthly check and she happened to mention about her 3 month-old son who wasn’t sleeping well. Now I hadn’t had the opportunity to check her son (let’s call him Adam), as a newborn, as I offer to all new mums, but he had had a bit of a rough time. Mum (let’s call her Joanna) had been told that baby was breech, and when she came to see me, at 37 weeks, it was all a bit of a rush to optimise her spinal and pelvic function in order to give baby a better opportunity to be born naturally. Mum was stressed, she had finished working only the week before to go on maternity leave, and sleep was at a premium for her.
In the end, Adam was born following him turning at the last minute (as babies can). Both he and Joanna ended up exhausted following 48 hours of labour, forceps and lots of pain medication. Adam slept well to begin with, and fed well too, but at around 3 months he began being upset and fidgety after feeds. Sleep became shorter and more fleeting. Finally, after a particularly bad couple of days, Joanna came in and asked me if we might be able to help.
Checking Adam, I detected tension around his upper neck and cranial area (we don’t just check for misaligned skull bones, or <a href="https://www viagra tarif france.nct.org.uk/parenting/what-flat-head-syndrome-plagiocephaly-or-brachycephaly”>plagiocephaly, but for tension around the connective tissues near to the joints – sutures – between skull bones). He was booked in for a consultation, during which I checked his movement, nerves, muscles and joints, and then following a second “Report” visit, Joanna and I discussed a plan of action, which involved visits to see me and advice for Joanna and her partner to help settle Adam better. After a few visits, Adam began settling more easily and his sleep became similar to before his problems began. Thankfully both mum and baby can now get some good sleep, and they continue to follow advice given by both chiropractor, health visitor and G.P.