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Baby with Craniosynostosis and Reflux Improves with Treatment

In early February, during her well-baby check up, it was noted that the soft spot, or fontanelle, on the top my 4-month-old granddaughter’s head was very small. My daughter was told that the baby might have craniosynostosis, the condition where one or more of the skull bones fuse too early, for which the treatment is a terrifying surgery.

She was referred to a clinic for special skull measurements and was to follow up with her pediatrician in two months. My daughter’s chiropractor referred her to a pediatric chiropractor, who saw the baby on Monday, March 6.

By that time, no soft spot could be felt, and it appeared that the skull plates were overlapped, forming a small ridge on the top of her head. Of course, we were very concerned and praying to find an alternative to surgery.

We found the Gillespie Approach website on Wednesday evening, watched an interview with Dr. Gillespie on YouTube on Thursday afternoon, and I emailed the website Friday morning. Dr. Gillespie phoned me right away and then called my daughter. He told us about the Gillespie Approach Training sessions that were going on in Greenville, South Carolina, that weekend and the next, strongly suggesting that we take the baby there.

After a flurry of emails and texts back and forth with the instructors and schedulers, we headed down on Saturday morning and were able to stay with my brother and sister-in-law, who live 15 minutes from where the training was taking place. My granddaughter was the demo baby for both three-day infant training sessions and received a total of 10 treatments at no cost.

By the end of our time in Greenville, there was a noticeable change in her skull, and a very small soft spot could be felt. In addition, she was having less reflux, she was sleeping better, and she had only three episodes of the hiccups, when, previously, she was having multiple episodes every day since birth.

The instructors, Kim Sherlock and Holly Steflik, were absolutely wonderful and so very helpful. Holly referred us to a pediatric occupational therapist friend in our area, so my granddaughter is getting excellent care that has complemented the treatment that she received in Greenville. Her pediatrician and chiropractor both affirm that her skull is looking better.

I was so impressed with the Gillespie Approach Training sessions that I’ve taken up a collection to send my massage therapist to the Foundation and Infant Trainings this fall. I will be taking the Foundation Training as well. I thank God for Dr. Gillespie, Kim, and Holly. They are dedicating their lives to helping people in such a profound way. God is using them to change countless lives, and He is enabling us to pay that forward.

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