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Research - Infantile postural asymmetry and unsettled infant behaviour

By dembones, Oct 4 2017 03:34PM

Just had a paper published from my Doctorate in the European Journal of Pediatrics. Here is the Abstract.


Unsettled infant behaviour is a common problem of infancy without known aetiology or clearly effective management. Some manual therapists propose that musculoskeletal dysfunction contributes to unsettled infant behaviour, yet reported improvement following treatment is anecdotal. The infantile postural asymmetry measurement scale is a tool which measures infantile asymmetry, a form of musculoskeletal dysfunction. The first part of the study aimed to investigate its reliability and validity for measuring infantile postural asymmetry. This study also aimed to investigate whether there was an association between infantile postural asymmetry and unsettled infant behaviour and whether an association was mediated by, or confounded with, the demographic variables of age, sex, parity, birth weight and weight gain in twelve- to sixteen-week-old infants. Fifty-eight infants were recruited and a quantitative cross-sectional observational design was used. An association between unsettled behaviour and infantile postural asymmetry was not found. A significant difference between high and low cervical rotation deficit groups for Surgency was detected in female babies and needs further examination. Conclusion: Questions remain regarding the construct validity of the infantile postural asymmetry scale. No association between unsettled infant behaviour and infantile postural asymmetry was found in twelve- to sixteen-week-old infants. The influence of sex on the interaction between infantile postural asymmetry and infant behaviour needs further examination. An association between unsettled infant behaviour and infantile postural asymmetry is still unproven.


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