Evidence suggests intrauterine molding may be responsible for developing infantile scoliosis. With intrauterine molding, the spine is affected during fetal growth because of abnormal pressures exerted by the walls of the uterus on one side of the fetus’s body or abnormal positioning of the fetus within the uterus.
Can infantile scoliosis correct itself?
Most mild cases of infantile scoliosis do not worsen and many correct themselves as your child grows. Other children with progressive curves may need immediate treatment to prevent chest-wall deformity and allow normal lung development.
What causes scoliosis in infants?
Congenital scoliosis occurs early in pregnancy, when one or more of the vertebrae in the spine don’t form completely. This can cause a sharp angle, a deformity called a hemivertebrae, to develop in the spine. In other babies, the developing spine does not fully separate into distinct vertebrae.
How do you fix a curved spine?
Treatment for kyphosis may include:
- Exercise and anti-inflammatory medication to ease pain or discomfort.
- Wearing a back brace.
- Surgery to correct severe spine curvature and congenital kyphosis.
- Exercises and physical therapy to increase muscle strength.
Can you prevent scoliosis in babies?
“Parents tend to ask what they could have done to prevent scoliosis,” says Sponseller, “but scoliosis is a very interesting disease because there is currently no known cause or prevention method.” It’s also very common for parents to ask if bad posture or heavy backpacks could have caused their child’s scoliosis.
What does a baby with scoliosis look like?
A child with scoliosis has a spine with an S or C shape. The child may look like he or she is leaning to one side. Scoliosis can cause a difference in shoulder or hip height. X-rays can measure the curve of a child’s spine.
At what age is scoliosis usually diagnosed?
Scoliosis can develop in infancy or early childhood. However, the primary age of onset for scoliosis is 10-15 years old, occurring equally among both genders. Females are eight times more likely to progress to a curve magnitude that requires treatment.
Does my baby have a curved spine?
As babies, children have a C-shaped spine. Secondary curves in the cervical and lumbar spine develop as infants become able to lift their heads, sit up, crawl, stand, and walk. As children grow, their spine continues to develop natural curves into a normal, mature spine.
How do I know if my baby’s spine is curved?
If there’s a curvature, it will be indicated by an elevated portion of the ribcage when looking at your child’s back. Scoliosis may also cause children to habitually lean to one side or the other, or for one shoulder to sit higher than the other. Some children will have one shoulder blade that protrudes.
How do I get my baby back straight?
Sit your baby on your lap facing to one side while you sit supported on the floor with your legs straight. Then gently lean her backwards so that her feet are still on the floor and she arches her back and head backwards. Massage their back by rolling your legs from side to side.
Can a curved spine be corrected?
Some curves are more severe than others. In moderate to severe cases, scoliosis may be corrected through bracing and/or surgery. If you suspect scoliosis, you should consult your doctor about an appropriate treatment plan.
What causes a curved lower spine?
Poor posture is one of the most common causes of hyperlordosis. When the body is in a seated position, muscles in the lumbar region can tighten too much as they try to stabilize and support the spinal column. This gradually pulls the spine out of alignment, causing increased curving of the spine.
Is it bad if your spine is curved?
Very large curves can damage the joints and cause arthritis of the spine. Large curves can make the ribs rub against the pelvis, causing pain. If the spine curves a lot, people might get lung problems. Kids of any age — even infants — can have scoliosis.
Is scoliosis a disability for a child?
Scoliosis can cause a variety of problems in a child’s life. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can help low-income families with disabled children by providing disability benefits. Children with severe scoliosis may qualify for this benefit; but their parents need to demonstrate their rights to these benefits.
Can someone with scoliosis have a baby?
Most women with scoliosis have no problems bearing children. There’s also little evidence that becoming pregnant will cause the condition to worsen.
How do you assess a child for scoliosis?
The child’s physician or school nurse will screen for scoliosis by having the child perform the Adam’s Forward Bend Test to look for any unevenness or abnormalities in the shoulders, rib cage or back. They can also screen using a device called the scoliometer or by taking an X-ray.