When should my baby see a Chiropractor?
Pediatric Chiropractic is extremely beneficial for newborn and children. Why would a newborn need to see a chiropractor you ask?
Good question! Birth trauma has a much wider description than you might think...
There are a number of birth-associated traumas that can hinder a baby’s development and even willingness to thrive. There are many factors that can cause birth trauma. Some of the most common consisting of a very long or short labor, lack of cervical dilation, false labor, caesarian sections due to failure to progress, cord strangulation, incorrect positioning between mother and baby, medical interventions such as drugs to increase contractions, and forceps or vacuum extraction techniques.
One study by the Journal of American Osteopathic Association looked at 1500 babies who were assessed at birth and across an 8-year period. This study revealed that at least 90% of babies involved had suffered birth trauma and associated strain through their neck and cranial areas.
These associated strains causes nerve dysfunction, which then disrupts the information being sent between the brain and the rest of the body. If this is occurring, the child’s development could be negatively affected in many ways.
Nerve dysfunction that goes untreated can result in breathing weakness, spitting up, irritability, difficulty with feeding, sleeping problems, ear infections, headaches, learning disabilities and many more concerning developmental delay issues.
How can we help as chiropractors? At ANH Wellness we specialize in treating pediatric patients with these neuro-musculoskeletal complaints. We encourage parents to bring their babies in as soon as possible to assess for nerve dysfunction, and begin their best option of care for their specific complaints.
Chiropractic adjustments for babies and children differ greatly from adult adjustments. At ANH Wellness we use our fingertips to apply light pressure and vibration to the specific joint segment we are adjusting. We assess the many joints in the entire body in order to make sure everything is functioning and communicating properly, and the baby has optimal development!
Interested in learning more? Schedule an appointment with either of our pediatric chiropractors at ANH Wellness, we look forward to helping you and your family!