Taking Charge of Your Health

Hi, Christian Bates here – Osteopath and Naturopath. I want to do a quick video on back arching in your baby. Now,
lots of parents come in and they mention about how their baby has a strong neck,
and of course, parents are very proud and say: “…oh yes, when we hold off baby
its head comes up and turns both ways and they’re looking around and very
aware….” Now, should a baby have a strong neck when they were a couple of days old? Probably not! They should be fairly floppy or weak really, and then strengthening over time. So, what I find is babies that have strong necks… if
that’s their arching a little bit through their back… so rather than being
a strong neck they’re actually arching with colicky pain and by arching I
mean that they’re… in the back they’re getting a bit tight through the back and
that can come from a delivery, especially when they’re coming out back
like this. It just maybe how they’re laying in the back but the baby would tend to
arch back into a comfortable position. And when they’re colicky, having a colicky attack, that classic knees up… some babies do the opposite and they can be arching right back and often they arch back and then off to the side. And
like I’ve mentioned before, this can make it hard for them to breastfeed when they have to turn this way. So, with osteopathy treatment I gently work
between the shoulder blades and try and just ease out this arching, and then
get them nice and floppy like this. And the classic is as well, when you have
your baby and you’re holding them like this their head stays up like this. It doesn’t
flop, and they’re arching back up like this, and at a couple of days old, really
you probably want them lovely and soft and flopping this way. So, if your baby’s
very up like this – and sometimes they can really get away from you and you’re
having to hold them up like this to stop them flying out of your arms – I think
that’s from the tightness between the shoulder blades. I call it back arching and I think if you loosen that off it can be really
helpful. And just on the side, that area between the shoulder blades the nerves
to there actually come down and supply the stomach. So, if you’ve got a baby that’s
refluxing a lot, then I think that a lot of that comes from being tight between
the shoulder blades, because those nerves just come down and affect the stomach,
and a little valve there will stay closed and they reflux up. So, a short video on
arching of your baby’s back. Thank you.

2 thoughts on “Colic Help – Does Your Baby Arch its Back or Have a Strong Neck? ❤️

  1. My baby is doing this and she's 6 weeks old. She's been trying to lift her head up and backwards since day 3. She also get the hiccups each time she breast feeds.

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