The birth process can be stressful for a baby. Caesarean sections or Ventouse deliveries may be particularly stressful. A baby that has pain or discomfort may cry a lot beyond all the obvious reasons. She may be difficult to console. A common sign of body stress in the neck is when a baby is restless and keeps moving its arms and head, even when sleeping. Body stress in the lower back may cause a baby to squirm and cry when the hips are lifted during a nappy change. Other signs of body stress include constipation, diarrhoea and colic.Ideally babies should be assessed for body stress within a few months of birth, so any tension stored in the baby’s neck or back can be released before it accumulates and has a negative impact.
Note: the BSR approach is to work very gently and subtly on everyone and especially babies. I came to BSR because of the profound effect it had for my 10 month old baby girl. I found BSR after trying all the other recommended therapies and after just 3 sessions my daughter became calm and comfortable – the person she remains to this day. More about that, here.
Of course small children seem basically programmed to bounce back from just about anything but they can accumulate body stress as a result of too frequent or too-great falls or jerks, or from trying to lift heavy objects, or from being repeatedly lifted in (unintentionally) incorrect ways. It’s hard for toddlers to communicate how they feel but as a parent you can look for signs that suggest that their bodies are holding on to tension:
a normally good-natured child may become sullen and uncooperative
she may complain of a “funny feeling” in her tummy
constant demands to be picked up and carried, or complaints of ‘sore legs’. (In BSR we find that so-called ‘growing pains’ often result from stored tension in the lower back which results in pressure irritating the nerves that supply the legs.)
‘acting out’ and tantrums may have stress causes.
CHILDREN & TEENS:
We know how we feel after spending day after day sat at a desk. It’s the same for our kids. Once at school, tension in their necks can make it difficult to concentrate and lead to disruptive behaviour.
If pressure builds up in the lower back they may become restless and unable to sit still. If the nerve supply to the bladder is affected then problems with bed-wetting may occur. Children often sit badly, especially when hunched over a book reading or studying, or on screens. Poor posture is a common cause of body stress in the neck and lower back.