Chiropractic adjustments for newborns may seem a little out there. After all, how much misalignment can a newly born baby have?
It turns out, a lot.
We now know that spinal nerve stress may start in the womb, with the baby lying in a distorted or twisted manner. Plus, a traumatic or difficult birth can introduce great stress to the infant’s skull, spinal column and pelvis. Even a “natural” birth can stress an infant’s spine and developing nervous system.
Because of this, it’s not too early to have your newborn checked right after birth.
What should I look for?
Many newborn health problems can be traced to misalignments that occur in utero or during birth.
See your family chiropractor if your baby is struggling with any of the following:
- Sleep disturbances
- Poor coordination
- Noise sensitivity
- Breastfeeding problems (difficulties sucking, swallowing or latching on)
- Restricted head movement or one shoulder higher than the other
- Ear infections
- Persistent colds or sore throats
How does it work?
Chiropractors use very gentle and specific fingertip pressure on newborns with the adjustment individually tailored to the baby’s spine. Children are much more receptive to chiropractic treatment and usually require only a few adjustments to restore normal function.
A Doctor of Chiropractic does not treat conditions or disease. Instead, their expertise lies in checking the child’s spine for misalignments that impair nerve system function which in turn affects overall body function.
Chiropractic care helps the body in many healthy ways. An adjustment restores the nervous system pathway from the brain to the circulatory, digestive, respiratory, hormonal, eliminative and immune systems allowing a greater state of health and well-being. Once these pathways are clear, the body can function at its optimal level and healing naturally occurs.
How often should my child get adjusted?
Adjust a healthy baby once a month or during any milestone such as holding up their head, sitting, crawling or walking. If your baby gets a cold or you notice a change in sleep or behavior, it might also be a good time to get them checked.
Starting your baby off with chiropractic care gives them a strong foundation. Children who are adjusted regularly benefit from a stronger immune system, better sleep, improved energy, concentration and behavior.
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What our patients say:
My ten-month old baby choked while taking a bottle or sippy cup and gagged on food. We had one visit with Dr. Megan. I went home and offered her a bottle of pumped breast milk. She swallowed four ounces in less than ten minutes! We are so thankful for Dr. Megan and her care for our daughter. – Margaret K.
We brought our son in to see Dr. Megan because we could not find a solution to help him sleep. He would wake every three to four hours at night and be awake for an hour or so at a time. His naps during the day only lasted for twenty-five minutes or so. A few weeks into his visits with Dr. Megan we saw an improvement with both naps and nighttime sleep. He now takes at least one hour naps and sleeps longer consecutive stretches at night – occasionally sleeping through the night! – Andrew H.