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  • Writer's pictureJustin Prenioslo

Helping Your Baby with Physiotherapy: A Guide for Parents

As a parent, it's natural to worry about your baby's development. If you've noticed motor delays, torticollis, or concerns with your baby's head shape, physiotherapy can offer the support and interventions needed to ensure your little one thrives. At Stork Mobile Physiotherapy, we specialize in helping infants reach their full potential through personalized in-home care.

Stork Physiotherapist helping a baby in home to do physio for gross motor skills

Common Issues Addressed by Baby Physiotherapy

  • Motor Delays: Babies develop at their own pace, but if your child is significantly behind in reaching milestones, physiotherapy can help. We work on building strength, coordination, and motor skills through targeted exercises and activities.

  • Torticollis: Torticollis, or "wry neck," occurs when a baby's neck muscles are tight, causing their head to tilt to one side and look the opposite direction. Our physiotherapists use gentle stretching and positioning techniques to improve neck mobility and promote symmetrical development.

  • Head Shape Concerns: Conditions like plagiocephaly (flattened head) can result from consistent pressure on one part of the skull. We provide strategies to encourage varied head positioning and exercises to address asymmetries.


Benefits of In-Home Physiotherapy for Babies

  • Convenience and Comfort: Receiving care at home means your baby can stay in a familiar environment, reducing stress and making therapy sessions more effective.

  • Personalized Attention: Our physiotherapists develop customized plans tailored to your baby's specific needs, ensuring targeted and effective interventions.

  • Parent Involvement: We work closely with you, teaching techniques and exercises you can perform with your baby to support their development between sessions.


Tips for Supporting Your Baby's Development

  • Tummy Time: Encourage frequent tummy time throughout the day to build neck and upper body strength. Try placing your baby on a couch or table to raise the height while you sit in front, use an exercise ball, lay them on your own legs, or prop them on a towel.

  • Encourage Movement: Create safe floor spaces for your baby to explore. Use toys that move to motivate your baby to reach, roll, and crawl.

  • Varied Positions: Incorporate different positions such as tummy time, side-lying, and back-lying to promote balanced muscle development. As your baby gets older, encourage pivoting and rolling by moving toys to the side, and work on positions like side sitting and kneeling once they start to sit.

  • Frequent Attempts: Short and frequent attempts at new positions and movements are beneficial. They add up over time and help your baby gradually build strength and skills.

Stork physiotherapist helping a baby in home to stretch for torticollis

Contact Stork Mobile Physiotherapy

If you have concerns about your baby's development, don't hesitate to seek professional guidance. At Stork Mobile Physiotherapy, we come directly to your home to provide specialized care for your little one. Contact us today at 587-606-2291 or schedule your appointment online here. We're here to support your baby's growth and development every step of the way.

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