- When baby is on its stomach, pressure is exerted on one side of the spine, from the upper back toward the lumbar region.
Response to Triggers
- The hip on the side of the stimulus will curl up on that side.
The Spinal Galant is present at 20 weeks in utero and is integrated between 3 and 9 months of age.
The function of the spinal gallant is unknown. It may:
- Assist in the birthing process
- Be used for balance during the creeping and crawling phases of development
- Act as a conductor of sound in utero
There is an association between the spinal galant and hearing and auditory processing
Symptoms of a Retained Spinal Galant
Poor short-term memory
Fidgeting, squirming, constantly changing position
Dislike of clothing that is tight around the waist or bothered by tags on clothing
Poor bladder control and persistent bedwetting
Irritable bowl syndrome
Hip rotation to one side, can appear as a limp or contribute to scoliosis