Infant Trauma

Trauma can result from physical, mental or emotional pain combined with shock and the inability to get away from the cause.

When the flight and fight response is triggered, the baby is neither able to fight or flee, and the response is to freeze or collapse. The baby’s body is charged with stress hormones, the autonomic nervous system is activated and the baby has at some level dissociated. The developing baby can be affected even in the first months after conception. Many common symptoms arise when the baby has not been able to release shock and return to an uncharged resting state.

Symptom Patterns in Babies can include: When early trauma is not treated, health problems can develop as well as behavioural and emotional symptoms including: In the long term unresolved early trauma affects:
Links and References
Helping Babies to Heal
Craniosacral Therapy
Understanding Early Difficulties
Butterfly Touch
Birth Games
Baby Stories
New Beginnings: birth
New Beginnings: conception
Bonding and Emotional Health
The Importance of Touch
Movement Repatterning
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