Cranial osteopathy. It's not science, it's not medicine, but it changed my cousin's son utterly. At two months he wasn't meeting his developmental milestones. He was floppy and didn't interact much with the world at all. At three months, after a few sessions of cranial ostepathy, he was a different child. Now he's 6 and is just a great, normally rambunctious, little boy. So when Pob started to scream at the breast at about 6 days old, my cousin suggested I take her to a cranial osteopath to see if it might help. Despite my scepticism, I figured, 'can't hurt, might help' and took her at 13 days old for her first appointment. She visibly relaxed and lengthened during that session but the few feeds immediately afterwards were the worst we'd had, so I didn't take her back until she was around 11 weeks old when yet another lactation consultant suggested it might be worth a try.
At that visit the osteopath apologised for not warning me that things might get worse before they got better. Again, Pob seemed to really chill out during the session and so I decided to take her back again this week. At this session, the osteopath pointed out that the right side of her head was getting a bit flatter than the left. I'd already noticed that she favours turning her head to the right, and have been trying to encourage her to turn the other way as well, but not very systematically. I've tried putting her cot book to the left, putting a mobile on that side of the crib, etc. The osteopath said that her neck is pretty stiff so he did some work on that, and suggested we keep trying to offer her toys, etc. from that side to encourage her to even things out. I'll also take her back to see him in a few weeks time.
I know many of you have had helmets for your children when a problem like this has showed up, usually when they are a bit older, though. Both the osteopath and the paediatrician who saw her when she was born told me that British children tend not to get helmets unless the imbalances are REALLY severe, as it's thought better to correct the root cause of the imbalance rather than the outcome. In Pob's case, it seems to be some neck stiffness, so we'll work on that with the osteopath and see what happens. I'm not worried, but glad to be aware that we should do some work on this. H is worried, and has immediately put Pob on left side boot camp, changing the way he gives bottles, only talking to her from that side, etc. It's quite amusing, he can't bear his perfect daughter to have anything not perfect about her. I'm happy to wait and see what effect bootcamp has before we worry any further.