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Knowledge Base: Baby Chiropractor
Are you looking for a baby chiropractor? Affordable holistic pediatric healthcare for your child is easier than you may think! Schedule your risk free consultation now or continue reading to learn more.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Babies?
It is natural for parents to fear the Chiropractor for their newborn babies. As adults, getting an adjustment can mean a lot of pressure and cracks.
However, Chiropractors do not take the same approach of adjustments for babies as they do adults.
Instead, adjustments for babies are gentle and many times will go unnoticed by the baby. Chiropractic care has also proven to be safer and more effective than prescription medications and antibiotics for baby boys and baby girls.
Will My Baby Cry During a Chiropractic Adjustment?
This depends on the baby and the age of the baby. However, babies that do cry during an adjustment are not crying out of pain. Instead, it is usually out of fear from something new happening or the fact that a stranger is touching them.
What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Infants?
Regular Chiropractic care from a child care specialist can help relieve the following in babies:
Ear infections and earaches
Colic and acid reflux
Feeding and breastfeeding (latching) issues
Bonus: chiropractic treatments will help your baby sleep!
Chiropractic also keeps babies healthier because their nervous system and immune system are supported. If you are still unsure of whether or not to take your baby to the Chiropractor, talk with your local Pediatrician. Many doctors agree with Chiropractic care (or at least recognize there are very little risks involved with Chiropractic care).
Birth in its many different forms can be quite traumatic. While each pregnancy is unique, there is always a chance that the baby suffers some sort of strain due to a variety of reasons. Even the most natural births can result in trauma that goes undetected.
What Can Cause Birth Trauma?
Very short labor
Very long labor
Failure of the cervix to dilate
Use of Pitocin to strengthen/induce uterine contractions
Use of forceps or vacuum extraction
Cord around baby’s neck
Cesarean delivery (due to lack of progress)
Pulling or twisting on the head to deliver the infant’s body
A baby’s spine lengthens by 50 percent in his first year. At no other time does this growth happen so rapidly, so you want to make sure your baby is in proper alignment, ensuring proper symmetrical growth.
Bones change shape with pressure by slowing bone growth in response to pressure (or compression forces). Any spinal misalignment changes the balance of pressure across the spinal bones and can lead to asymmetric bone development. This is the difference between having a spine like a straight, strong oak and having a spine like a crooked tree.
The first year of life is also the time of spinal curvature development. There are curves called lordosis present in your neck and lower back, and curves called kyphosis in your mid back and sacrum. These spinal curves are necessary for movement, balance, upright posture, protection, and shock absorption. Without being in alignment during this crucial time, a baby’s spinal curves may not develop properly which will give your child a poor foundation for later in life.
Optimization Of The Nervous System
The central nerve system consists of the brain and spinal cord, and it processes everything that your body does. Movement, a heartbeat, seeing a baby smile, feeling the sun on your skin, laughing, smelling and creativity (all are coordinated by the brain and spinal cord).
In infants the central nerve system also controls their growth and development. Infancy is the time of greatest brain and proprioceptor (body position sensors) development, so infancy is the time to ensure the health of the nerve system.
Chiropractors who take care of babies (pediatric or infant chiropractors) look for disturbances in their nervous systems that interfere with healthy growth and development.
Remember: If your baby’s spine stays out of balance, it can put tension on the nerve system.
Better Immunity Through A Healthy Spine And Nerve System
A pilot study examined the relationship between intensity of chiropractic care and incidence of childhood diseases. The results showed that children who went to the chiropractor more than seven times per year had an increased resistance (or immunity) to common childhood diseases.
Many parents have their children checked regularly by chiropractors as part of a healthy lifestyle. Scheduling a chiropractic treatment for your baby in our office is a safe, gentle, and effective way to address nerve dysfunction and promote overall wellness in the newborn and growing child.