Birth is a normal part of the cycle of life. However, birth is certainly capable of becoming our first trauma. Even an uncomplicated natural delivery can leave some residual strain in a baby’s body. In the event of a prolonged labour, a fast labour, or interventions such as forceps, ventouse or Caesarian section, a baby can experience adverse side effects. Misshapen head, haematomas, facial bruising, torticollis and clavicle fractures are just some of the possible physical results.
These conditions can cause a baby significant discomfort; but more than that, if left unresolved, they may lead to further challenges that adversely affect feeding, settling and adequately reaching milestones. A newborn check-up is well worth considering if your baby is showing signs of discomfort, is particularly unsettled or not feeding well.