What is colic?
Colic is a common condition that affects a lot of babies. It mainly consist of unconsolable crying which seems to be linked to abdominal pain. The child is otherwise very healthy and is thriving.
This condition is defined as the rule of three: Crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for more than three weeks.
Usually it appears in the first few weeks after birth and disappears on its own by three to four months.
Common factors of colic:
crying (nothing stops it)
cannot be put down
poor suck and troubles feeding
tricky to burp
bloated with hard tummy and wind
Children that had colic as babies, seem to meet more challenges when growing up; digestive troubles and constipation, speech delay, concentration difficulties, hyperactivity and restlessness, sleep problems and temper tantrums.
Osteopathy for early school age?
Around 4-8 years of age, a lot of children have troubles with their ears, throats and lungs, often suffering from recurrent colds, respiratory infections and middle ear infections.
This can be linked to tension in the head, neck or chest, which is all impeding proper drainage of ears, nose, throat and lungs. These affect breathing/ hearing, which mans these drainage issues can lead to problems and delays with the child's developing speech and strongly affect energy levels.
At this age is is also quite common to have concentration issues at school, as well as hyperactivity or anxiety troubles with attachment issues. They can often be linked to digestive troubles, like constipation, and bedwetting or urinary tract infections. This might be due to general stress and tension in the musculoskeletal system, as well as irritated attachments for the digestive system and bladder.
During these early school days, it also becomes more obvious if a child is lagging behind with fine and gross motor skills, both during writing, ball games and other sports. This might be due to tension in the musculoskeletal system not allowing the child to move properly, it might be due to retained reflexes or nervous system affections and genetic variations.
Osteopathy for Teenagers?
During the teenage years, there is a lot of growth happening in a relatively short period of time. This puts the ligaments, muscles and bones under great demand and stress - especially in very sporty teenagers. This is partly why teens can be quite achey allover, suffer from sports injuries and are often so tired.
As they are growing so much, the bones are not completely fused at the epiphyses yet- The malleable bones are one reason, why good posture during these crucial years is so important! Scoliosis often become more obvious during these years. Posture education and specific tailored exercises to each teen are can help break the cycle.
A lot of teenagers also undergo a lot of invasive dental treatment and wear braces- which is often linked to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, i.e. jaw problems.
This is often first noted by the dentist or orthodontist. The teenager might be complaining of pain his teeth and jaw, maybe even with a clicking noise when eating or chewing, grinding his teeth at night, locking of the jaw and headaches.