Why does your newborn baby cry?

All babies cry, that’s a well documented fact. But as a new parent you can sometimes feel like your baby cries more than you expected. Sometimes having a few reasons why a baby may be crying can help you solve their upset.

Your newborn baby is fully dependent on you. You provide her with the food, warmth, security, and comfort that she requires. When she cries, it’s her way of communicating those needs and asking you for attention and care. When you respond quickly to comfort your crying baby, she will cry less often overall. It’s perfectly fine to pick up your baby when she cries. It tells her that she’s safe because you’re a caring, responsive parent who loves her.

You can’t spoil a newborn.

If your newborn is crying, it’s because he needs your help. If you respond calmly and consistently, it helps your baby learn that the world is a safe and predictable place.

As a parent, we are also programmed to respond to a baby’s cry. It’s a sound that can spur you into action, even when you’re asleep. If you’re a breastfeeding mum, it can trigger your let-down reflex. However, it’s sometimes hard to work out what exactly your baby wants you to take care of. Is it food, a change of nappy, a cuddle? As your baby grows, she’ll learn other ways of communicating with you and you will be better at identifying her different cries.

In the meantime, here are some reasons why your baby may cry, and what you can try to soothe her.

Is baby hungry?

The most common reason babies cry is because they are hungry. In fact, the younger baby is, the more likely that hunger is the reason why she is crying. Once you start feeding, they will stop crying and will be much more settled by the end of the feed. Some babies take a little while to build up to crying when they are hungry, and you will observe the other hunger cues that occur before crying. Other babies realise they are hungry very quickly and can skip the hunger cues and go straight to crying!

Is baby tired?

The second most common reason babies cry is that they need sleep. Your baby may find it hard to get to sleep, particularly if she’s over-tired. The younger your baby is, the more subtle her sleep cues are, so it may take a few weeks for you to recognise the signs.

Has baby had too much to eat?

Some babies cry because of a bloated stomach from overfeeding. Unlike gas, too much milk can cause discomfort that lasts a short time.

Have you had too much coffee?

Caffeine is a stimulant that can cause increased crying and trouble falling asleep. You’d never have a coffee yourself before bed-time would you? Breastfeeding mothers need to limit their caffeine intake so that their baby isn’t overstimulated by it. After all, you’ll be the one paying the price if baby won’t sleep.

Are they uncomfortable?  

Being too hot or too cold can make a baby cry. You can check whether your baby is too hot or too cold by feeling her tummy or the back of her neck. Don’t be guided by the temperature of your baby’s hands or feet. It’s normal for them to feel colder than the rest of her body. Keep the temperature of the room your baby sleeps in between 16 degrees C and 20 degrees C. Use a room thermometer to keep track of the temperature. Place baby to sleep on her back with her feet at the foot of her cot. That way she can’t wriggle down under the blankets and become too hot. Use cotton sheets and cellular blankets as bedding in your baby’s cot or Moses basket. If her tummy feels too hot, remove a blanket or layer, and if it feels cold, simply add one.

Do they need a change of their nappy?

A wet or dirty nappy can be very irritating to the skin. Some babies don’t seem to mind it, others find it extremely uncomfortable. You’ll soon develop a parent’s ability to sniff a wet or dirty nappy from a distance.

Have they got tummy pains?

“Colic” is said to be the main cause of recurrent crying during the early months. All babies have some normal fussy crying every day, we all remember the witching hour. When this occurs over 3 hours per day, it’s often called colic. But colic is an umbrella term to describe all manner of digestive issues a baby may have. See COLIC Fact Vs Fiction for more information. It’s important to get medical advice so that you can get to the cause of the problem.

Have they pain?

A baby in pain or discomfort will cry to let you know they need your help. Wind, gas, nappy rash or reflux are all reasons a baby may be in pain. If however you have looked for all the usual reasons a baby will cry and you cannot find a solution, it may be worth a visit to your Doctor to have baby checked over. Trust your instinct on this.

Is baby over-stimulated?

Lots of attention and handling from doting visitors may over-stimulate your baby and make it hard for her to sleep, as can too much rocking and singing. Try taking her to a quiet room after a feed and before bed to help her calm down. Use white noise to sooth baby and avoid any eye contact as even this may be sufficient stimulation to keep baby awake.

Does baby need a cuddle?

Your baby needs lots of cuddles, physical contact and reassurance so her crying may mean that she just wants to be held. Swaying and singing to her while you hold her close, will help to distract and comfort her. That familiar voice and smell will give then the feeling of security they may need.

Nobody knows your baby as well as you do. If you feel that something’s not right, trust your instincts and call your GP.

Very often babies just naturally cry a lot in the early weeks. Crying tends to peak at around two months, and usually starts to ease off after that. But in the meantime, it’s likely to make you and your partner feel very anxious at times. Whatever the cause, living with a baby who regularly cries inconsolably can be incredibly stressful. It’s important to look after yourself too, so that you have the patience and energy to soothe your little one. And remember, it ok not to be ok. Ask for help if you need it. Your baby needs you to be well.



The Word NO!

Don’t you love it when your toddler discovers the word “No”! In this post we give you 2 options to help avoid the dreaded word and prevent the toddler drama. Around the age of 2 a child will discover the amazing impact of the word NO. At this age they become more confident and outgoingContinue reading “The Word NO!”

COLIC Fact Vs Fiction

Colic, a term that is still used to describe an unsettled baby. But what if there is something causing your baby’s upset? And what if there’s something you can do about it?

Reflux – Is it a condition or a symptom?

For many years health professionals have looked at reflux as a condition. However, after seeing thousands of babies over the last 20 years with reflux, we have come to believe that reflux can also be a symptom of another condition.

The Word NO!

Don’t you love it when your toddler discovers the word “No”! In this post we give you 2 options to help avoid the dreaded word and prevent the toddler drama.

Around the age of 2 a child will discover the amazing impact of the word NO. At this age they become more confident and outgoing and passionately believe that their wishes are the most important. And then the word NO comes along, perfect timing you might say!

Your toddler will test you Every …. Single….. Day!

They will see how far they can push you before you react. The difficulty is they don’t know how to stop this new game they have started. This is where you come in.

Two great options are;

  • The “Two-Choice” game. Instead of making a simple request, you give your toddler a choice. So instead of saying “Drink your milk”, ask a question like “Would you like milk or juice?” So long as the word “neither” is not in their vocabulary, they may be happy to drink one of the choices offered.
  •  The second game is the “Countdown” game. In this game the child must make up her mind about the options presented to them before you finish the countdown. The more fun the game is, the more likely you are to get a result.

Remember too that children very often imitate you, are you overusing the word NO? Try using maybe, soon, later. Sure, aren’t they all ways of saying no too!  

There will be circumstances when you need your toddler to understand that NO means NO and all games are off. Having a tone of voice for these moments only helps your toddler understand that this NO is different.

COLIC Fact Vs Fiction

Colic, a term that is still used to describe an unsettled baby. But what if there is something causing your baby’s upset? And what if there’s something you can do about it?


Colic is a term that has been used for decades to describe a baby who cries and is distressed, without any obvious cause. A sort of umbrella term to give parents so that they have a “reason” why their little one is so upset.

But is that enough? Is it ok to say a baby has colic and tell a parent that they must just get on with it? We don’t think it is. 

In our experience if a baby is distressed, there is always a reason. It may be digestive, physical or maybe the result of a stressed nervous system following a difficult labour or delivery. So many reasons, all of which have to be looked at carefully and treated if necessary.

We see babies who have all the symptoms associated with “colic” in our clinic every day. Some have an allergy, some have a sluggish gut. Some may have a tongue tie, others may be premature. Some have had an assisted delivery after a very long labour, others have been born in 20 minutes. But they all have a reason for their distress, and that’s the important thing. 

So, if your baby is diagnosed with colic, consider these alternatives.

  • Could this be a digestive issue?
  • Could baby have an allergy?
  • Has baby got a tongue tie?
  • Is baby’s gut immature?
  • Have you or baby had antibiotics?
  • Did you have a very long or very fast labour?
  • Did baby need assistance at delivery, a vacuum or forceps for example?

These are questions we ask all mums attending our clinic with a newborn baby. This information is so important in determining why baby is distressed and directs our treatment plan for baby.


Every baby is different, and our aim is to make them as content as possible. We listen to parents, allowing them to voice their concerns and give them reassurance. Sometimes just understanding why baby is upset can help parents cope better.

So, let’s start looking at Colic in a different way. Let’s start looking for the cause and treat that. Only then will we see happier babies and parents.


Frank Kelleher Paediatric Osteopath

To book an appointment with Frank, just give us a call at the clinic on (021) 4348918.



Why does your newborn baby cry?

All babies cry, that’s a well documented fact. But as a new parent you can sometimes feel like your baby cries more than you expected. Sometimes having a few reasons why a baby may be crying can help you solve their upset.

Our COVID-19 Policy

Information on our COVID-19 Policy for Parents attending Cork Children’s Clinic In keeping with our core values, our primary focus is the health and wellbeing of our patients, their parents, and our staff. We are highly committed to taking every action possible to prevent the spread of Covid-19. We are holding regular meetings to reviewContinue reading “Our COVID-19 Policy”

Reflux – Is it a condition or a symptom?

For many years health professionals have looked at reflux as a condition. However, after seeing thousands of babies over the last 20 years with reflux, we have come to believe that reflux can also be a symptom of another condition.


Let us explain….

We see many babies in our clinic every week where their parents say “I think he has reflux”. Or, the baby may have already been started on treatment for reflux. When Frank treats a baby, he will always do a full assessment to check if there is a reason for the reflux symptoms or is it reflux itself.

Very often, another issue can be identified as the cause of the reflux symptoms, and while the baby may occasionally still need treatment for these symptoms, the issue causing the symptoms also needs to be treated. Only then will the baby really improve.

We often see babies who have been diagnosed with reflux and have started treatment, be that a change of formula or perhaps medication. Parents can sometimes see a small improvement at the start but very quickly the symptoms may return.

What happens then?

Another change of formula?

Maybe an increase in the dose of medication?

But perhaps the best thing to do is to go back to the start and see if there is something causing these reflux symptoms.


So, what other issues can cause reflux symptoms in a baby?

Here are a few examples of issues we see in the clinic every week, that once treated, can help resolve the reflux symptoms.

1.       Tongue Tie

A baby who has a tongue tie that significantly interferes with their feeding, be that breast or bottle, will invariably take in air when they feed. This air fills up their tummy and pushes the milk out of the tummy causing reflux. Not all tongue ties need treatment. Some tongue ties can be difficult to see, even by experienced health professionals. An assessment with a tongue tie practitioner is recommended if you think your baby may have a tongue tie.

2.       Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy

A baby who has a CMPA can present with reflux initially. Reflux treatment is started but after seeing an improvement at the start, the reflux symptoms return. There will also be other symptoms associated with the CMPA and it’s not until this is recognised, diagnosed and treated that the baby will begin to improve.

3.       Difficult Delivery

A baby who is stuck in an uncomfortable position for a long time, who has a long first stage of labour, who has a long second stage of labour or who has an assisted delivery, may have some restrictions as a result. This can put a little pressure on the nerves that supply the tongue and digestive system. These babies are easy to identify as they look like they are curved to one side when lying down. Osteopathic treatment releases the restrictions on theses nerves and allows the digestive system and tongue to function much more effectively.


There are other less common issues that we also see, and of course we do see cases where there is no obvious contributory condition. Reflux can be a very distressing condition for babies and parents, and we believe that treating a reflux baby must include checking for a cause, not just treating the symptoms. The feedback we get from parents who have struggled for many weeks or even months before arriving at our clinic is very encouraging. We know we are looking at reflux, and treating reflux, the best way we can.


So, if your baby has reflux symptoms or has been diagnosed with reflux, you should also ask if there are any contributing issues. Treating these issues will have a positive effect on the reflux symptoms and will mean that you will see a happier baby sooner, which is what all parents want.

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Pandemic Anxiety in Children.

The unusual circumstances we find ourselves in during this global pandemic have seen an increase in anxiety and worry in some children. It’s worth remembering though, that increased anxiety is a normal response to a very abnormal situation. It’s also recognised that dealing with your own anxiety can be the best way to make your children feel safe.

But what does anxiety look like in a child?

Anxiety could look like:

  • Reassurance-seeking (Are we going to be okay? Is Grandad going to be okay?)
  • Reluctance to separate from parents
  • Physical symptoms like headaches and tummy aches
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Tantrums or meltdowns
  • Trouble sleeping

However just as parents try to make sure children eat a nutritious diet to keep healthy, they can also encourage healthy habits to promote emotional well-being and minimize the impact of the anxious times we find ourselves in.

We asked Educational Psychologist Dr Clara O Byrne for her tips to promote well-being in children who may be affected by the pandemic.

  1. Make sure that the young person has at least one trusted dependable adult in their lives (one good adult)
  2. Create a predictable and structured environment
  3. Value social connections and the social support and social learning that comes from mixing with other people
  4. Have a healthy diet
  5. Get active, physical activity is vital to good mental health
  6. Promote a regular sleep and bed time routine
  7. Explore creative activities e.g. colouring, craft, music
  8. Be consistent and follow through what you promise
  9. Model healthy behaviours
  10. Schedule family time together

Dr Clara also gave us some positive phrases you can use if your child is feeling anxious.
“Its okay you are safe”.
“I will stay with you”.
“That sounds really hard. Do you want to talk about it?”
“How can I help you?”

We have seen a few children here at the clinic since we re-opened with anxiety or behaviour issues. The lockdown may have felt like a shock to their system and once Frank re-balanced their nervous and breathing systems, they were better able to manage any stress or worry they experienced.

This whole pandemic experience is new for all of us. We all need space and time to adjust. Children too need time, support, and information. Using some of Dr Clara’s suggestions above will help develop that feeling of well-being. Learning how to deal with anxiety in a healthy way can help the whole family be more resilient, both now and when the pandemic is finally over.

Our COVID-19 Policy

Information on our COVID-19 Policy for Parents attending Cork Children’s Clinic

In keeping with our core values, our primary focus is the health and wellbeing of our patients, their parents, and our staff. We are highly committed to taking every action possible to prevent the spread of Covid-19. We are holding regular meetings to review any government updates and to discuss our policies and procedures.

Please do not attend the clinic if;

  • You or your child has tested positive for COVID-19 and are not symptom free for more than 14 days.
  • You have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • You or your child, or someone living in your home, are experiencing symptoms such as cough, high temperature or shortness of breath.

 

The following actions are being taken at Cork Children’s Clinic:
  • Regular review of the HSE guidelines. HSE guidelines and posters are displayed in the clinic.
  • Hand Sanitiser and gloves are available at the front door of the clinic, and at reception.
  • All common touch points including door handles, chairs and counters areas are being cleaned, sprayed, and disinfected multiple times each day.
  • Each appointment is followed by a 15-minute gap.
  • This also allows us time to disinfect the treatment room and common touch points between appointments.
  • Frank will wear a face visor and gloves while treating your child.
  • If you have a mask and gloves, we will ask you to wear them when attending the clinic.
  • Clinic staff are reduced to a minimum.
  • Only one parent to attend with each child booked in. No other siblings to attend appointment.
  • We will check your temperature on arrival. Temperatures of staff working that day will be displayed at reception.
  • We have erected a Perspex screen at reception to minimise exposure.
  • Parents are asked to be punctual and to wait in their car until their appointment time.
  • We would encourage you to pay by card if possible. You can call in advance of your appointment, or immediately after your appointment, to pay by card over the phone if you prefer.
  • We are happy to email you your receipt if you would prefer.
  • We will ask you to sign a consent form to agree to treatment.
  • While our baby room is still available to use for nappy changing, we would ask that you only use it when necessary.

We are highly committed to preventing the spread of Covid-19 and are actively promoting the HSE guidelines regarding hygiene and preventative measures. By implementing the above measures, we hope to be able to continue to provide Osteopathic care for babies and children who require it.

Colic Symptoms and Gut Health

According to most health professionals, about 20% of babies develop colic. There is a generally accepted rule of three – if your baby cries inconsolably for more than three hours a day, more than three days per week and is aged between three weeks and three months, he may be diagnosed with colic.

A classic case of colic is where the baby pulls his knees up, clenches his fists, closes his eyes tightly or opens them wide. They may even hold their breath for a short time. Bowel activity increases, and your baby may pass “wind”.

However, colic is a term that is used widely when another reason for baby’s distress can’t be found. In our experience, there is more likely to be a cause for little one’s distress rather than it being a case of true colic. Therefore, it’s always wise to look at other digestive issues that can affect baby before deciding it is colic. See COLIC Fact Vs Fiction  for more information on the possible causes of colic type symptoms.

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Over the years we have noticed that when a baby presents with colic-type symptoms, and we have ruled out other digestive issues and physical issues, the most likely cause is a gut immaturity or imbalance.

Many of the bacteria in a newborn baby’s gut come from Mum. The type of delivery is important in determining how populated the baby’s gut will be with good bacteria. A vaginal birth exposes the baby to the mother’s vaginal microflora and allows the baby’s gut to be well populated by good bacteria. A baby delivered by C-section is delivered into a sterile environment. This can therefore negatively affect the level of good bacteria in the gut. This small difference, different types of delivery, has been shown to have an influence on the development of a healthy immune system.

We must also factor in gut maturity. It’s worth remembering that anything from 38 weeks to 42 weeks of pregnancy is considered to be full-term. That’s a four week difference between two full-term babies and a four week difference in gut maturity.

The next thing that influences the gut health is how a baby is fed. In the first year of life, 30% of breastfed babies’ gut bacteria comes from breast milk and a further 10% from the Mum’s breast. This is another reason why support for breast feeding mothers is so valuable, particularly following a C-section. Many of the formula companies have now included prebiotics to their infant formulas to try to address this imbalance. If a baby has antibiotics at any stage this too will negatively influence the gut health.

How to help baby’s gut

We see babies who have issues with their gut health or their gut development at our clinic every week. They present with typical colic-type symptoms, grunting and straining with lower gas and can be generally unsettled. The main aim of our treatment is to give their gut a little help.

Breast-Fed-minFirstly, we suggest an infant probiotic. This should be used daily for six weeks. The probiotic we generally recommend is Proven. It has both breastfed and bottle-fed products and its breastfed version is dairy free. However, any good pharmacy will have an infant probiotic. Speak to the pharmacist for advice regarding which one is best for your baby.

The second thing we suggest is lactase drops. These are an artificial form of the enzyme that is produced in the small intestine to break down milk sugar. This enzyme is produced at a slow and steady rate in the gut.

Many babies can struggle towards the end of the day when the demand for this enzyme is high and this results in some milk sugar left undigested in the gut. Bacteria work on this free sugar and one of the by-products is gas. This gas can cause pain and distress for your little one as they wriggle and strain to release it. Did you know that 95% of digestion occurs in the small intestine? That is why a healthy gut is so important in babies.

The combination of probiotics and lactase drops has been very successful in babies with colic type symptoms over the years. This magic duo has helped many babies go from a distressed crying baby to a happy smiling one.

mam-anti-colic-bottle-self-sterilising_83020-cd460a4Some bottle-fed babies can take in too much air when feeding and this can cause distress. Every baby is different and what suits one baby will not necessarily suit another. However, if you feel your little one is taking in air with the feed, is gulping or does not have a good latch on the teat of the bottle, then a change of bottle and teat type would be recommended. We recommend MAM bottles for these babies. The surface area of the teat is much larger, and this increases the contact baby has with the teat. The better the contact, the lower the risk of taking in air.

There are specific formulas on the market for babies with colic type symptoms. These comfort formulas contain partially broken-down milk proteins and a reduced amount of lactose milk sugar. This makes these formulas more digestible and takes the pressure off a busy overloaded gut.

Premature babies seem to be more likely to have immature gastrointestinal systems. We see these babies in our clinic after they are discharged from hospital and on regular formulas. In our experience, a change to an organic formula, in addition to some of the other treatment options, brings about a significant change.

How can paediatric osteopathy benefit babies with colic type symptoms and gut immaturity?

My view with gut immaturity is that it affects the lower intestinal tract more than any other area of the digestive system. This creates bloating in the large intestine and slows down its peristalsis (wave like muscle contractions that move digested food through the gut). The subsequent explosive poos are the result of large volumes of gas being pushed out. Bloating increases abdominal pressure which gives the baby the typical colic type pain.

Treatment involves releasing tension in the fascial tissue that supports the abdominal organs in order to improve their natural motility (movement). Gentle techniques are applied to synchronise the pump handle and bucket handle action of the ribcage to allow a lengthening of the breathing diaphragm and a deepening of the breath. Pump handle action occurs in the upper ribcage and is an upward movement of the ribs. Bucket handle motion occurs in the lower ribcage and is rib movements to the sides. These are the movements that happen when a child breaths in. This gives the abdominal organs more space to function and enhances digestive clearance.

COVID 19 Precautions at Cork Children’s Clinic

To allay any concerns parents may have about attending the clinic, below are the precautions we have taken to ensure babies, parents and staff are as safe as possible.  We are advising everyone to follow the HSE guidelines about travel and contact with a suspected case,  click here for more information.

* We are allowing a 15 minute gap between appointments so that in most cases, you will not meet anyone other than Frank and Rose/Maeve when you attend the clinic. Frank will be ready for you when you arrive and you will go straight into his treatment room.
* You now have the option to pay for your appointment by phone, thereby reducing further your contact time at the clinic.
* You have the option to wear disposable gloves while at the clinic. Gloves are available just inside the front door and can be disposed of as you leave.
* We have removed most of the soft furnishings and toys for the moment. This allows us to effectively sanitise the clinic between patients.
* We are of course strictly following the HSEs guidelines on infection control and social distancing.
As both Frank and Rose come from a nursing background, they understand the importance of infection control and rest assured, are doing everything possible to ensure a safe environment for babies, parents and clinic staff.
Thank you for your support during this very challenging time.

We also have information on our website which we are updating regularly.

Tongue Tie – Luke’s Story.

We see babies with tongue tie presenting at our clinic most weeks. In most cases the parents may not even realise there is a tongue tie. They will bring their baby along because of reflux symptoms or other digestive issues. Once the tongue tie is pointed out to them, and the signs and symptoms are explained, it’s like a light turning on! It all makes sense now.

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That was the case with Sharon and Dan who brought their 3 month old son Luke to see us recently. Luke was breast-fed and although he was Sharon’s third baby, she felt he wasn’t as good a feeder as her other two children had been. He had been diagnosed with reflux and had started medication but with very little improvement. His weight gain had slowed down a little but Sharon felt this was due to the constant spitting up.

Frank discussed Luke’s feeding history with Sharon and Dan and it soon became clear that Luke and Sharon had ticked quite a few boxes for a tongue tie diagnosis. On examination Frank noticed a possible tongue tie and so referred Luke to a Lactation Consultant for formal diagnosis.

The Lactation Consultant confirmed the diagnosis of a tongue tie and Luke for then referred for treatment. He was reviewed at the clinic the week after his tongue tie was released. His digestive issues were completely resolved and Sharon said he was feeding so much better. He was due a weight check later that week but Mum felt very sure he had put on more weight.

Some tongue ties are diagnosed early as they cause quite severe discomfort for both mum and baby. Others are more subtle and may not be diagnosed till later. Some medical practitioners are better able to diagnose a tongue tie than others. If you are a breast feeding mum and if you feel this is something your baby may have, you should see a Lactation Consultant for diagnosis.

We also recommend cranial osteopathy both before and after tongue tie release. The key to treatment is the re-balancing of muscular tension in the front and the back of the neck. Prior to having the tongue tie release, the baby’s tongue has been anchored to the floor of the mouth and unable to form a good latch. The neck and jaw muscles have been used to create the latch and that becomes exhausting for the baby when feeding.

Once the tongue tie is released the baby will learn to orientate the movement of the tongue to deepen the latch. I use very gentle techniques to ease tension in the muscles of the neck and the jaw to allow the baby’s latch to improve. Re-balancing of the neck muscles will allow the baby to rotate to both sides more easily and have the head in a neutral position for feeding. Improving rib-cage movement, allows an improved suck-breath-swallow mechanism to occur when baby is feeding.

 

For more information on Tongue Tie and many other issues that can affect babies, you can buy a copy of our book here.

Educational Psychologist joins the Team!

We are delighted to welcome Chartered Psychologist Dr Clara O’Byrne to Cork Children’s Clinic.

Clara provides:  Educational Assessment – Profile of strengths and needs.

Training – Parents, education professionals and childcare professionals.

Advice – Challenging behavior, positive relationships, communication with schools.

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Clara is now taking appointments for Friday 26th April and Friday 17th May at Cork Children’s Clinic.
Dr. Clara O’Byrne C.Psychol (P.s.S.i), PhD, MEd, MPhil, BSc, BA,
I am a chartered psychologist with expertise in the areas of Education and Psychology. As a psychologist I have a particular interest in how young people manage and experience SEN diagnosis and also in transitions between school settings.
I am passionate about the importance of positive behavior approaches in schools and have extensive experience in supporting schools and school communities respond to student additional needs with a compassionate and student-focused approach.
My goal is to enable young people to realize their full potential through empowering, supporting and informing families and professionals working with them.

You can contact Clara on 087 2892676 or email her at mulberryedpsy@gmail.com