Many parents, and people in general, ask the question, "Why does a baby or child need chiropractic care?" If you think of the birthing process, even so called "natural" birthing methods without the use of interventions can stress an infant’s spine and their developing nervous system and body. The resulting irritations or injuries can be the cause of many newborn health complaints.
Chiropractic care is a gentle treatment that can help with these health complaints including, but not limited to, nursing difficulties (such as latching) sleep disturbances and colic. Additionally, as the infant grows, learning to hold their head up, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal development and alignment, and as your child begins to explore and participate in regular childhood activities, injuries soon follow with bumps, bruises and tumbles. These are all important times to have your child checked by a chiropractor.
At your child’s appointment, the chiropractor will take a case history and perform a physical exam to determine the treatment necessary. Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to fit a child’s size, weight, and unique spinal condition. Adjustments are both gentle and specific to your child’s developing spinal structures. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care.
For more information regarding pediatric chiropractic care, please visit the ICPA website.