Articles tagged with: infant

Breathe well, live well!

Breathe well, live well!

Perfect abdominal breathing is readily observed in the newborn but unfortunately as we age, tension and stress in our day-to-day lives restrict this preferred pattern, resulting in a chronic and largely detrimental pattern of breathing. 

And we thought breathing was one thing we couldn’t get wrong!

When we breathe, the diaphragm relaxes and contracts in order to inhale and exhale respectively (this can be easily seen by the rising and falling of the abdomen when we breathe).  When an individual is under stress however, either emotional or physical, their breathing pattern changes.  Typically, we take shallow breaths using our chest and shoulders, rather than our diaphragm, in order to move air in and out of our lungs, which gradually causes the body to automatically breathe into the neck and shoulders and not correctly into the abdomen.

Are baby seats good for your child's development?

Are baby seats good for your child's development?

It is understandable that all parents want the best for their newborn babies. Just walk into any large baby store and you are inundated with devices that are proposed to be "beneficial to the development of your baby". 

Well not all, and generally very few, devices are beneficial at all! 

There is a recent baby seating device on the market that many parents are buying. It has been designed as a seat that takes a young baby and keeps them in an upright seated position. You can just sit the baby in there and it "holds them up". Well, herein lies the problem.

Chiropractic and the "unsettled" baby

Chiropractic and the

Recently, I was invited to present a lecture to mothers and mothers-to-be from the Hills District Playgroups Association in Castle Hill. Thanks to Sally for organising the event and thanks to Brent Gordon from Shirley Rd Chiropractic, for preparing such an interesting and engaging multimedia package.

Of the many topics concerning babies and chiropractic, the one that created most interest was deformational plagiocephaly (flat skull as a potential cause/result of an unsettled baby.

"Baby Talk" at Royal North Shore Private Hospital

Walking too early, babies and chiropractic

Some months ago I was asked to present a lecture at Royal North Shore Private Hospital to the senior midwife educators. The purpose of this lecture was to discuss the relevance of chiropractic in the current environment. Today, I delivered the lecture, with Ashleigh Mundy also in attendance, where there was much interest and excitement in what chiropractic has to offer newborn babies and pregnant mothers.

The lecture focussed on the following issues:

Some months ago I was asked to present a lecture at Royal North Shore Private Hospital to the senior midwife educators. The purpose of this lecture was to discuss the relevance of chiropractic in the current environment. Today, I delivered the lecture, with Ashleigh Mundy also in attendance, where there was much interest and excitement in what chiropractic has to offer newborn babies and pregnant mothers.

The lecture focussed on the following issues:

Flat Head Syndrome and Chiropractic

An article in The Sunday Telegraph this weekend entitled “Beware baby’s bassinet” has hopefully brought attention to the fact that a child’s sleeping position may have serious consequences. The article notes that “Plagiocephaly, better known as Flat Head Syndrome, occurs when a baby’s head flattens due to continual pressure on their soft skulls”. The problem has been more noticeable since parents have been advised to put babies to sleep on their back.