BABIES AND TODDLERS

Osteopaths with a focus on children see children of all ages for musculoskeletal and neurological care, movement concerns, positioning and postural issues. They work with infants, toddlers and preschool aged-children who have no injury or condition, as well as children with long term health conditions, physical disabilities, growth and movement issues.

Osteopaths with a focus on babies and young children examine movement, growth and development issues in newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers. An assessment may involve screening a child to review progress in meeting movement, coordination, activity, musculoskeletal or developmental milestones expected by an age or stage.

Osteopaths with a focus on babies and young children offer a range of clinical services to manage conditions or issues, including developmentally appropriate manual therapy treatments and education and advice on activities for maintaining or growing physical skills. This may include advice on use of certain toys, appliances or equipment for movement and other skills needed in daily activities, and education for families on how to position or assist a child in movement and activities for skill development.

Osteopaths with a focus on babies and young children work in association with other health professionals, including medical practitioners, paediatricians, maternal and child health nurses, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and psychologists. They may organise referrals to other health professionals in supporting children and their families.