Use the survey below to
find out if your child may benefit
from cranial osteopathy therapy. By relieving overall discomfort the
gentle treatment can improve sleep, reduces baby crying, colic and
If your baby has trouble sleeping or often seems
uncomfortable, a single visit to an osteopath can work wonders. If you
answer yes to one or several of the questions below, chances are even
bigger that osteopathy therapy can help.
Osteopathy is alternative medicine, please be aware of that when you
decide to try this path. Many people worldwide report good results
while others have doubts and suggest caution.
Be well informed and only consult a good certified specialized
pediatric osteopath you trust 100%. Otherwise the therapy may be life threatening. He or she performs extremely
gentle care, barely noticed by babies. Cranial osteopathy therapy
aims at releasing nerves or tiny bones that often (!) get stuck during
pregnancy and delivery.
5 days - 1 year old cranial osteopathy therapy questions*
These questions relate to typical symptoms and causes your osteopath
can treat for newborns and under 1 year olds.
Jot down the number of 'Yes' answers you have. As soon as you have one
or several, chances are high that a visit to a specialized osteopath is
a very good idea.
When you hold your baby or change the position she is in, does
she seem uncomfortable?
Does she often throw her head back, curving her back?
When lying down, does she hold or press her head against a
When lying down, does she always (want to) be on the
When lying down, does she always turn her head to the same
When lying down, are your baby's arms and legs in an asymmetric
When lying down, does she try not to be on her back?
DoesÂ seem to fear being touched on her neck or head?
Does she cry often without easily being comforted by
nursing, feeding, rocking,...?
Does she have difficulties sucking or swallowing?
Do you have to force her to take the breast or bottle?
After a feed, does your baby often bring up milk too much and
Does she vomit often or systematically?
When you are near, do you often hear her breathe with
Does she often seemed drained, with not much energy or on
the contrary over-active?
Does she cry systematically before settling to sleep?
Does she wake up at night regularly for no apparent reason?
Does she mix up day and night?
Does she have one or two watery eyes?
Does she have an asymmetry in her face or skull?
Is the head flattened on one side?
Does the spine seem rigid and not very mobile?
1 - 6 years old cranial osteopathy therapy questions*
Ask yourself these questions if your child is 1 to 6 years old. If you
have one or more 'Yes' answers, consult a good osteopath.
Does your child have regular ear infections in spite of medical
Does she have regular colds and nose infections, in spite
of medical treatment?
Does she always breathe through her mouth?
Did she fall on her buttocks a couple of times or more?
Did she fall on her head a couple of times or more?
Has she had a car accident with a violent impact?
Does she have a visible asymmetry of the eyes?
Does she have a form of strabismus (eyes not aligned
properly) or eye fatigue?
Is there a large gap between his upper and lower jaw?
Does your child have a pacifier or suck her thumb?
Does she have dental braces?
Does she have a poor dental occlusion (the contact between
upper and lower teeth)?
Does she appear to have
, i.e. non-structural scoliosis?
*These questions were kindly provided by Carole Chevallier-Nourry,
Osteopath DO MROF in France.
Heidi Holvoet, PhD, is the founder of the Baby Sleep Advice website and movement, an award-winning author, baby & toddler sleep consultant with 14+ years experience as well as a certified lactation counselor.
Over the years, Heidi has received several awards inluding a Mom's Choice Award (MCA) and National Parenting Awards (NAPPA) for her Baby Sleep Advice website, programs and books.
She is also a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants of which she was one of the earliest contributors. She obtained her PhD degree in physics at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
Heidi is passionate about helping babies and their parents sleep more and better, with her trademark approach that has been proven and praised time and again by parents worldwide to be effective and truly no-tears. Respect for you as a parent and your baby, is at the heart of Heidi's warm and kind support. Her approach always keeps in mind a baby's needs and abilities at any given age, is based on pediatric science and the most up to date knowledge in infant care and sleep science.