Chiropractic Adjustments for Infants

Chiropractic Adjustments for Infant

Baby’s Spine

By the end of pregnancy, an unborn baby’s anatomy will generally include a normal, healthy spine. This can change however during labor while the baby is in the birth canal or even while still in utero if the baby is in an usual fetal position. Many early childhood health issues are often related to traumatic birth experiences. As an infant grows, frequent falls can cause spinal problems as well as unsupported movements of the head and neck. Even sudden stops while riding in the car can affect the spinal health of an infant. And then later, when learning to walk, frequent falls can cause trauma to the child’s lower spine.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Some infant spinal problems may be hard to detect by parents but there are some instances where it is noticeable. Some signs that your infant may be having spinal problems include if your child’s head is consistently tilted to one side (torticollis), if they have restricted motion, if their sleep patterns are unusually disrupted and if feeding issues arise in a young infant that causes difficulty breast feeding due to difficult head movements. A chiropractic physician will provide a gentle, thorough examination to the infant’s body and spine. Pediatric manipulations are quite different from an adult’s treatment. They involve light finger tip adjustments with no more than two pounds of pressure, enabling mobility to be restored. There is no pain associated with pediatric manipulations, however a child may be initially frightened. An infant generally requires only a few adjustments, depending on how long the problem has been occurring. The risks associated with pediatric manipulations are incredibly rare and the benefits are numerous. Studies have shown that young children treated routinely with chiropractic care report fewer illnesses and infections. Many peer-reviewed studies have also shown that chiropractic care is very effective at relieving infant colic.

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