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Constipation – Help for Babies

Constipation is a common problem in infants with DS. The suspected reason is low tone in the abdominal region. While breastfed babies rarely experience constipation, sometimes the foods the mother eats can cause some problems in the gut of the baby. When we made the transition from breastmilk to solids, we saw some slowing of our daughter’s digestion. Along the way we have collected remedies to help bring relief to the baby. Here is my list of things that will help move the bowels.
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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Children with Down Syndrome

Osteopathic medicine relies on the principle that body structure and function are in a dynamic relationship with each other. They influence and affect one another. There is an old axiom about “form follows function” but in osteopathy, “function follows form.”

Let’s look at some of the genetic issues surrounding DS where structure is affected and consequently function, then at how manipulative treatments can help a child. Keep in mind, not all children with DS have these issues, but they often have one or more.

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Newborns with Down Syndrome

Osteopathy is the medical discipline of re-establishing and maintaining the natural relationship of bones, muscles, membranes, tissues and fluids within the body. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) supports the body in such a way that it can encourage the body to heal itself. OMT is a safe, gentle, non-invasive form of manipulation.

Infants often fall asleep during treatment, but they can also squirm and shift around during treatment which helps them release problem areas.

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