• The Osteopathic Treatment of Cranial Deformation in Newborns and Young Children

    The Osteopathic Treatment of Cranial Deformation in Newborns and Young Children


    Cranial moulding technique avoids the need for a helmut apparatus in newborn with cranial deformation

    This young patient was brought to me by his distressed mother. His occiput ( the bone at the back of the head) was flattened due to an intra-uterine injury. Probalbly the baby was in an awkward position in the uterus for a prolonged period of time and this caused the back of the babies head to get deformed.

    A babies head is quite soft

    You may not realize this but a babies head is quite malleable. This is due to the fact that the sutures or joints that hold the bones of the head together are not totally formed. Nature provided the way for birth – the diameter of the head needs to accommodate the birth channel as it descends. So with every contraction, the babies head is forced downwards into the narrowing birth channel and is able to do th is because the bones are not fully formed.

    This has great implications for treatment

    Happily the fact that the bones of the infant head floats and are not yet rigidly fixed works in favour of Moulding the shape of the head when a problem arises. This is accomplished by a series of gently persuasive techniques originally developed by Dr. Sutherland the father of Cranial Osteopathy.

    Babies are highly responsive

    To the  mother’s delight (and mine too) our young patient required only four treatments over a period of four months to correct the rather severe flattening of the back of his head. This was great news since the child’s paediatrician  suggested using a helmut apparatus to treat the deformation. A helmut apparatus is worn by the child for extended periods of time as a treatment for reshaping the head. I generally recommend this only after other approaches have not worked.

    A happy resolution and a happy mother and baby.

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