We have so many patients ask us if “it’s okay” for their newborn to get adjusted or “at what age” they can get adjusted. Well, a child can be adjusted hours after their birth. Yes, hours!
See, the birthing process is not only traumatic to the mother but to the baby as well. Think about it, whether it’s a natural birth or C-Section, birth is traumatic for your little ones bodies.
“It’s better to grow healthy kids than to fix injured adults.”
95% of infants have a misalignment after birth. Most people are surprised to find out that the first stress placed on a child’s neck and back is during the birthing process. “An estimated 60-90 lbs. of force is used on an infant’s neck during “normal” delivery. Do you think this could cause damage to your child’s spine and nervous system?” Fact: The nervous system controls every cell and organ (heart, lungs, brain, stomach) in your body.
I’ll tell you a little about my personal experience. I have three beautiful, very active, boys. Granted one is only a month old but still three boys!! All three have seen Dr. Kelley for an adjustment within a month of being born. And yes, they have all benefited from seeing a chiropractor in their own way.
My youngest, Ryan, saw Dr. Kelley when he was 11 days old. My reason for having him seen, other than the fact that I was a repeat C-Section and poor little guys head was the first thing to be pulled on, was crazy spit up and constipation. Not to get too TMI here, but I’m talking about coming out the nose OMG is he breathing type of spit up and he needs my help type of constipation; It was terrible. I am not even kidding you, two visits… Two visits that all it took for little man to stop the crazy spit up and I am so happy to say that he is now having regular bowel movements. We also did NAET treatments along with our chiropractic visits so that helped tremendously.
Fortunately, Chiropractic has had many positive results in children with common childhood problems. Problems like headache, scoliosis, asthma, colic, ear infections, asthma, and even some cases of behavioral problems respond well with chiropractic care. In fact, a recent study showed that children under chiropractic care suffered fewer ear infections than those whose parent took them to medical care alone.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe for children? Absolutely! Because a child’s skeletal system is still developing, only light pressure is needed to adjust a child’s spine. The few minutes you invest in your child’s spinal checkup may save them needless suffering now and in the future.
How can I tell if my child has spinal imbalances?
Just as it is important that you have your children’s teeth checked by a dentist, it is also important to have their spine checked regularly for proper development. Use the following list to check for spinal imbalances:
- Have your child bend over with arms dangling forward. When you run your hand over his or her spine, does it curve from side to side?
- Look at your child from the rear, does one shoulder blade stick out or appear to be higher than the other?
- When looking at your child from the rear, is one ear higher than the other?
- Does your child’s back appear to be humped or rounded?
- Do your child’s clothes fit properly; are hems and waistbands of skirts or pants even?
How about my infant?
You can also observe your baby to check for spinal imbalances:
- When your baby is lying on his back, does his head seem to tilt to one side?
- Does your baby prefer breastfeeding on one side?
- Does your baby arch her back when crying?
- Is your baby slow to develop adequate neck strength to hold his head up?
Why wouldn’t’ you want to set up your little ones for success. I know the fear is always there as with any new parent. This is why you should find a chiropractor who has pediatric training. We are fortunate that Dr. Hensley is a proud Member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
Please find a doctor of chiropractic on the ICPA website, http://www.icpa4kids.org, and have your baby checked as early as possible. Many potentially serious spinal disorders may be caught early and possibly prevented.
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