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WEBINAR SERIES – Treating The Unsettled Baby

WEBINAR SERIES 1-6   A Manual Approach to Treating the Unsettled Baby

This webinar will broadcast again live in 2024 – dates to be decided. In the meantime you can purchase the Home Study Pack from the BOOKING button below

We are also running this topic as a super practical hands on weekend workshop at our London UK venue April 2024

‘Unsettled/fussy’ baby is a term often used to describe a host of behaviours in the first few months of life. These behaviours include excessive & inconsolable crying, sleep disorders, feeding and digestive problems, colic, reflux & silent reflux, apparent abdominal pain, trapped wind, straining to defecate, infant dyschezia, failure to burp, excessive flatulence and others.
Unsettledness is rarely just one thing, but most often a whole cluster of signs & symptoms. Additionally, torticollis and plagiocephaly often run alongside.

In this 6 part webinar series we discuss what may underpin this unsettled behaviour – why babies cry, do they feel pain and what may be the source of this pain. We examine in detail, the input of the Autonomic Nervous System, Vagus Nerve & Vestibular System, current knowledge about Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Colic, Constipation & Infant Dyschezia.

Our focus is to understand when a practical hands on approach may be helpful and what techniques we could consider using.

We have designed a really practical 6 part Webinar Series, to provide an in-depth guide to this subject.

As with all our other ‘hands-on’ courses and videos, we include lots of unique graphics to explain the applied anatomy. All our techniques are filmed on real babies or dolls, and we provide a supporting interactive question and answer session after every webinar.

Each Webinar covers a different aspect of the topics involved, and is delivered as a one hour presentation followed by a 30 minute live discussion and question & answer session with Miranda Clayton.

Pain, Paediatric Periosteum & Bone
Do neonates experience pain and what is the current evidence for this? Why do some of them cry so much? What structures in a baby’s body may be causing pain and how can we integrate this knowledge into our treatments. Technique session Discussion of anatomy and physiology of paediatric bone and periosteum. The importance of mechano-transduction. Technique session.
The Autonomic Nervous System, Vagus Nerve & Vestibular System
Discussion of the above systems in early life and how their dysfunction may lead to unsettled behaviours. Recognising autonomic dysfunction and signs of state regulatory stress. Technique session for the Sympathetics, Parasympathetics and Vagus Nerve, exercises for the Vestibular system.
Gastroesophageal Reflex Part 1
Definition, signs and symptoms of gastroesophageal reflex disease. Acid versus non-acid reflex and ‘silent’ reflux Cautions and pathological indications for a medical referral. Oesophageal anatomy and the oesophageal sphincters. Physiology of vomiting. Technique session for the Oesophagus, Thoracic Spine, A/P discrepancy etc. Advice for parents. Rethinking the ‘reflux’ model – if ‘reflux’ is not ‘reflux’ what else could it be?
Gastroesophageal Reflex Part 2
Role of the Diaphragm & Phrenic Nerves. Technique session. The influence of breathing on the CNS. The liver, its effects on the diaphragm followed by technique session. Medications & medical tests for GERD – what is the current evidence base? Parental anxiety & reflux. Oropharyngeal reflexes/ Trigeminal/Vagal Convergence and the Trigemino-Cardiac Reflex. Evaluation of a baby with GERD – areas to consider and common findings followed by technique session.
Colic, Dyschezia & Constipation Part 1
Signs & aetiology of intestinal and colonic problems in early life. Cautions, pathologies to be aware of and when to make a medical referral. Functional Anatomy of Lower GI Tract – Visceral & Vascular followed by techniques. The process of defecation and gastro-colic reflexes. Locating the viscera in early life. Examination of the abdomen. Technique session – activating the posterior pelvic floor, releasing ileocecal valve, balancing sacrum to lower gut etc.
Colic, Dyschezia & Constipation Part 2
What is meant by ‘colic’ and ‘dyschezia’? Possible aetiologies of infant Colic. Lactose Intolerance, Lactose Overload and Lactase Insufficiency as causes of ‘Colic’. Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy as a cause of Colic. Management & advice for parents. Anatomy and clinical examination of the pelvis and sacrum in early life followed by technique session for the area. Functional anatomy of the lower GI tract from a neurological perspective. Constipation – its treatment and management followed by technique session.

Following the Webinar you will be able to view both the presentation & the Q&A session on our video platform for a limited time period of 8 weeks.
We will also supply you with full notes on the presentation – you can use Google Translate to change the notes into your own language if this is easier. Throughout the series we will also send articles and evidence base of interest.

We will be broadcasting one Webinar a week, for 6 weeks.

We understand that the world is a big place with different time zones. You do not have to watch these webinars live, as you will have 8 weeks to review the videos and subsequent discussion following the webinar.

Total Cost of Webinar Series is £210.00 GBP

‘Treating the Unsettled Baby’ Webinar Series


You can alternatively, purchase this Webinar Series, as a HOME STUDY package with 3 months online access. Please use the booking form and choose the ‘Home Study Package’ in the ‘Which Course’ dropdown menu.

If you are joining the live broadcasts TIME ZONES are tricky!  We are broadcasting from London in the UK.  We have highlighted these London times in red on our charts above, and the equivalent times in various places around the world. To the best of our knowledge these global times are correct, but please check depending where you live.

We are using ZOOM as our Webinar interface. You can download ZOOM software for free.

We have designed this Webinar Series for fully qualified Osteopaths, Craniosacral Therapists, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Etiopaths and all practitioners who use hands-on approaches to infant care.
We assume that practitioners will have some prior paediatric knowledge before taking part.

Will these Webinars be valid for my yearly CPD requirements? 
A 9 hour CPD Certificate of Attendance will be available following the broadcast of the final webinar.
If you are not a UK Registered Osteopath you are advised to check with your own professional organisation.

The Level of these Webinars is Postgraduate. To get the most out of the presentations you will need:

  • Be able to undertake a full health history and physical examination of the infant.
  • Understand your legal obligations when treating paediatric patients, including cautions & contra-indications to manual treatment.
  • Understand the need for medical referrals where indicated.
  • Be clear that you are working within the guidelines of your particular professional or registering organisation
    Do check with us if you are unsure  mumandbabyCPD@gmail.com