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Urgenty need a paediatric osteopath or cranial osteopath in Melbourne, please recommend!


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#1 lovemax

Posted 28 August 2019 - 11:20 PM

Hi,

My DS is now 11 month, I noticed a flat head at 2 months, have tried lots ways to correct it, not successful, at 8 month I decided to let him wear a helmet, unfortunately, it was failed too. Instead of round out, his head actually been pulled longer in the helmet, the flat spots is still there evenly at the back of his head, not improved at all. I started to see a osteopath who I found via google last week. After felt my DS' head, the osteopath told me she can feel a strength in my DS' head, which pull on the top of his head make his head longer. This sounds so wired to me, so I want to seek a 2nd opinion. Can anyone PLEASE PLEASE recommend a good paediatric osteopath or cranial osteopath to me. I'm living in the eastern surburb of Melbourne, but I'm willing to travel far to see the osteopath if he is good. Many many thanks. i'm just being so worried about my DS' head.

#2 Ellie bean

Posted 28 August 2019 - 11:29 PM

Sorry I’m not in Melbourne but I would want to see a paediatrician first- your gp should be able to recommend one. I hope everything is alright

#3 purplekitty

Posted 29 August 2019 - 12:08 AM

See a paediatrician.

There is no place for chiropractors treating children.

#4 shanta

Posted 29 August 2019 - 07:58 AM

Osteopaths are not chiropractors.

#5 Bono25

Posted 29 August 2019 - 07:58 AM

chiros and osteos are completely different.  I saw an osteo with dd when she was six weeks old.  He only works on babies.  At no point did he manipulate any part of her body, he just used pressure points.  She was never in distress, lay there and chatted away.  I was extremely vigilant and would've left if he'd tried to manipulate any part of her body.

OP, I'm in canberra, so can't help you, but I second going to a good baby GP and getting recommendations for a baby specific osteo or pead.

#6 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 29 August 2019 - 08:13 AM

What you need is someone overseeing the work of any specialists, so a paediatrician is your first step.

Not sure how east you are but Melbourne Children's Clinic in Camberwell is fantastic. A multi discipline team. Ring the receptionist and explain the issue and she can direct you.

Alternatively ring the RCH and ask to be directed to someone who can advise.

#7 MsLaurie

Posted 29 August 2019 - 08:47 AM

Who fitted him for the helmet? Can they advise?

#8 Beancat

Posted 29 August 2019 - 09:16 AM

Again another vote for seeing a paed.  They will recommend the best course of action for you

#9 beccaj

Posted 29 August 2019 - 09:52 AM

PM sent

#10 Cricket

Posted 29 August 2019 - 10:20 AM

My son had saggital craniosynostosis that resulted in an elongated head. Not sure if that’s the sort of skull shape you’re referring to but have a google and see what you think.

Either way the craniofacial team at MCH specialise in treating skull differences so would be worth a visit to find out exactly what you’re dealing with.

#11 lucky 2

Posted 29 August 2019 - 10:31 AM

I know you asked for a recommendation for an osteo and I don't have one either, it can't hurt to get a different opinion but I agree with getting a medical overview, ie specialist clinic or paed.
Maybe you already have that, considering you tried a helmet.
Has a paed physio also had input?

I hope you find what you need.

#12 Astrocyte

Posted 29 August 2019 - 10:31 AM

I'd be seeking a referral from your GP to a paediatrician. I would also see a physiotherapist who specialises in children. I don't believe osteopaths or chiropractors (I know they're different) have any role in treating children.

Edited by Astrocyte, 29 August 2019 - 10:32 AM.


#13 purplekitty

Posted 29 August 2019 - 11:20 AM

View Postshanta, on 29 August 2019 - 07:58 AM, said:

Osteopaths are not chiropractors.

I apologise I misread a chiropractor as well as osteopath in the OP (quick reply late at night).

Go to a paedatrician.

I wouldn't use an osteopath in children either.
They may have some use in massage therapy but I can't see the relevance here.
I stand by not using either with children.

If you need physical treatment see a physiotherapist.
Avoid the serious risks.

#14 Soontobegran

Posted 29 August 2019 - 11:46 AM

I echo PP.

Your first step is your GP for a paediatrician's appointment.

#15 Soontobegran

Posted 29 August 2019 - 11:49 AM

View PostBono25, on 29 August 2019 - 07:58 AM, said:

I saw an osteo with dd when she was six weeks old.  He only works on babies.  At no point did he manipulate any part of her body, he just used pressure points.

I have to ask how he knew what your baby's pressure points were?

#16 purplekitty

Posted 29 August 2019 - 11:55 AM

View PostSoontobegran, on 29 August 2019 - 11:49 AM, said:

I have to ask how he knew what your baby's pressure points were?

Sounds like bollocks to me.

#17 Soontobegran

Posted 29 August 2019 - 12:07 PM

View Postpurplekitty, on 29 August 2019 - 11:55 AM, said:

Sounds like bollocks to me.

Me too.
Pressure points are 'sore spots' unless they are practising Chinese Medicine. I am just wondering how a baby can verbalise what theirs are.
This is why Osteos and Chiros are getting the woo label.

#18 400

Posted 29 August 2019 - 04:50 PM

Also adding RE: not using osteos/chiros in kids.

When my paediatrician diagnosed my son with torticollis we had a long discussion about this, and while he very firmly discouraged going to a chiropractor, he was very supportive of using an osteopath. They treatment my son got was very gentle- pressure points only, no manipulation, and the difference in his twist was noticeable immediately.

#19 amdirel

Posted 29 August 2019 - 04:54 PM

Please go to a pediatrician.

#20 wallofdodo

Posted 29 August 2019 - 04:58 PM

View PostCricket, on 29 August 2019 - 10:20 AM, said:

My son had saggital craniosynostosis that resulted in an elongated head. Not sure if that’s the sort of skull shape you’re referring to but have a google and see what you think.

Either way the craniofacial team at MCH specialise in treating skull differences so would be worth a visit to find out exactly what you’re dealing with.

What is MCH?

#21 Froyohoho

Posted 29 August 2019 - 05:41 PM

Definitely see a paed, not an osteo. You don't want woo pedlars dealing with this.

#22 PrincessPeach

Posted 29 August 2019 - 07:20 PM

View Post400, on 29 August 2019 - 04:50 PM, said:

Also adding RE: not using osteos/chiros in kids.

When my paediatrician diagnosed my son with torticollis we had a long discussion about this, and while he very firmly discouraged going to a chiropractor, he was very supportive of using an osteopath. They treatment my son got was very gentle- pressure points only, no manipulation, and the difference in his twist was noticeable immediately.

Agree totally with this. My osteopath is amazing & during pregnancy i could have married the man with the relief he gave from my sciatica pain BUT, the only work he will do on infants is the abovementioned type of work. Anything else & he refers on to a peadiatrician.

#23 Lucrezia Bauble

Posted 29 August 2019 - 07:37 PM

i admit i went to an osteopath with my first born - it was on the recommendation of someone - he was quite a fractious baby, wouldn’t settle (nothing as serious as what the OP describes) - she did the pressure point thing - i don’t think my baby was in any danger, my wallet was. it was complete woo. absolute bollocks. i have no idea what she thought she was doing. he was “breech and a c section delivery and he is off centre but a 7 week course of my fluttering my hands over his body and tapping “pressure points” will fix it” - yeh nah.

Op - see a paediatrician. don’t take it from an internet random. if he or she refers you on to an osteopath then, so be it. but see a paediatrician for something like this.


#24 Chelli

Posted 29 August 2019 - 08:15 PM

I have removed a post that recommended a specific practitioner as per site rules. Discussion of practitioners needs to be via PM only please :)

#25 Cricket

Posted 29 August 2019 - 08:20 PM

View Postwallofdodo, on 29 August 2019 - 04:58 PM, said:



What is MCH?

My mistake, should be RCH. Royal Children’s Hospital.




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