Osteopathy in babies and children

Children develop and grow constantly. This requires continuous adjustment of the body.

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Treatment from an osteopath can provide relief from common complaints in children and adolescents. When the body has imbalances and dysfunction the body’s self-healing mechanisms can get obstructed. This may lead to physical complaints. The job of an osteopath is not to follow the symptoms, but find the cause of these symptoms and imbalances, restore them and to help bring the body back in its natural course and allow for it to heal itself.

Children are not to be seen as small adults and require extra attention and a different approach.

Osteopath Marie-Jeanne Nijdam has followed the 2-year course Osteopathy for Children at the IAO in Antwerp. In addition, she has followed various further training courses in the field of osteopathic treatment of babies and children.

It is important that your child feels at ease. That’s why we allow extra time for the examination and treatment.
The osteopath works with soft techniques and will never manipulate a child or force it into a posture or movement.

Complaints for which you can turn to osteopathy with babies:

A treatment by the osteopath can also provide relief from common complaints in babies. Birth is a stressful event for both mother and child. The body and the skull of the baby are made to absorb the forces that occur during the delivery. Due to prolonged pressure, the use of a vacuum pump or forceps delivery or a quick delivery, it is possible that structures are under extra stress.

  • Crying inconsolably
  • Excessive vomiting (reflux and hidden reflux)
  • Swallowing and sucking problems (problems with lactation/ latching on)
  • Digestive complaints (intestinal cramps / constipation)
  • Preferred posture (pelvis, upper body and/ or head)
  • Skull flattening (plagiocephaly/brachycephaly)
  • Restlessness / tense body
  • Ear, nose, throat complaints
  • Overly stimulated/ alert
  • Preventive check after birth

Practice Nijdam Osteopathy treats babies from 2 weeks old. We also have extensive experience with premature babies.

If necessary, we work together with children’s physiotherapists (TOPfysio, specialized in premature babies) and the (preverbal) speech therapist.


Complaints for which you can turn to osteopathy with young children and adolescents:

  • Recurrent sinusitis, middle ear infections
  • Allergies, eczema, astma
  • Misunderstood abdominal complaints
  • Intestinal complaints (diarrhea / constipation)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Motor developmental disorders
  • Speech difficulties
  • Bedwetting
  • Restlessness
  • Sleeping problems
  • Spine curvatures (scoliosis)
  • Menstrual problems (late onset, heavy bleeding)

Duo treatment mother-child

New on offer is a duo treatment for mother and child.

Particularly after delivery, a check-up for your baby and you as a new mother is very advisable. For you to enhance your post-natal recovery and for your little one to detect and treat in a very early stage a possible postural preference, reflux complaints, cramps or tense body. This duo treatment also benefits the dynamic between you two!

In addition, it is also useful for improving problems during (initiating and/or maintaining) breastfeeding. Particularly for latching, sucking, swallowing and being able to breastfeed in an optimal position for the both of you.

If you have any questions or suggestions about this duo treatment, or if you would like to know whether it is also an option for you and your older child (or teenager), please email or call osteopath Marie-Jeanne Nijdam for a consultation.


Points of attention

Please contact osteopath Marie-Jeanne directly for for personal consultation, if you are experiencing pain or problems not mentioned in our treatments above.

In case of acute complaints and / or high fever you should always first contact your doctor.

Nijdam Osteopathy

Marie-Jeanne Nijdam is a certified osteopath and is registered with the Nederlandse Osteopathie Federatie (NOF).

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Treatment from an osteopath is often experienced as a relief for recurring complaints or physical problems that seem insolvable.

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Hillegomstraat 12-14

1058 LS Amsterdam