Cranial osteopathy is a popular form of treatment for babies and younger children, as it is very gentle, non-invasive and safe. Often problems caused by the birthing process, where the baby experiences great pressure during delivery can be helped by osteopathy. Rapid birth, forceps, long labour, caesarean section, maternal fibroids, or twin births can influence the forces affecting the baby during birth. These forces can cause restrictions, and treatment gently eases these. As children become older both cranial and manual osteopathic techniques are appropriate.