A young lad presented with the following history:
His grandmother saw that “the doctor yanked him out with a twist.” Ouch. Since he had difficulty latching, he had a tongue tie revision. When that procedure did not work, he had to go on formula. He later had colic, reflux, gas, indigestion, and constipation—all the conditions of our core fussiness diseases.
He now has severe constipation, bedwetting issues, mouth breathing, and a constant headache. My heart goes out to this child; is this what life will be like for him for the next 80 years? Could all of this have been prevented at birth?
Now comes the tricky part of clinical case management. He has one more month to go with his expensive fixed palatal expander, which is freezing his brain motion. As much as I would love to treat him now, I know from experience that his fascial web would not release cleanly because his cranial bones are being mechanically held tight. I will have to wait for all of the orthodontic hardware to come off before his entire craniosacral fascial system can begin to work correctly.
I also understand that obstetricians may need to use some force to get the fetus out of the womb. I wish the world would see that therapy needs to be done right away for these newborns to mitigate the traumatic effects. The unforgiving fascial web can remember those soft tissue injuries for a lifetime. I believe his life would have been completely different with the work at birth.
Neonatologists need to realize the merit of the newborn work. Trained therapists need to provide it directly at birth. Hospital administrators need to understand its health benefits. Insurance companies need to see its preventative value.