Ever heard of overstretching? This is called when your baby tightens his back muscles, tightens his legs and throws his head in his neck. Often babies also have clenched fists. That does not sound like a relaxed attitude and that is not it. It causes a lot of tension in the muscles of the spine and also gives a lot of pressure to the back of his head.
You can imagine that when your child often overstretches the back muscles are better developed, then his abdominal muscles. With those clenched fists it also becomes a tad difficult to develop the muscles in his fingers. Children who do this often can not sleep well, cry a lot and start drinking less well.
Where can overstretch come through?
Your baby reacts to annoying stimuli from the outside. It is his way of showing that he is not feeling well. He can not tell you yet. Sometimes it is difficult to identify a real cause why your child does not feel well. For example, you often see it happen with crying babies.
Other causes of overstretching can be: colic, food allergy (cow's milk allergy), stuck of the vertebrae through childbirth or (hidden) reflux.
Can it overstretch?
You understand that your child is not doing this because he feels so fantastic. Apparently he feels tense. Due to the tension he can sleep badly and because he is too tired, drinking less. That way your child comes in a vicious circle. A child who is often overstretched can have a blockage in his skull, neck or neck joint.
What can you do about it?
If your child is often overstretched, it is important to look for the cause. Research could help your child. You can make an appointment with the doctor. They can also give you tips on how to best deal with this at the health center. Perhaps they refer you to a pediatric physiotherapist or osteopath.
What can you do yourself?
Of course you can also try to let your child relax more, for example by gently massaging him, or carrying you in a sling. Try to reduce the amount of stimuli as much as possible. Reducing stimuli can give him rest. Rest and regularity are still important parts of the care. Applying structure and predictability also gives your child more rest. Make it as 'boring' to him and always try to do the same actions.
Do not drag your child everywhere you go, but keep him in the same place for the first weeks as much as possible. He can get used to it just outside your stomach, without being exposed to all sorts of new situations.