I often get strange looks when I talk to people about treating babies or talk to them about babies and chiropractic care. I know what they are thinking “Is it safe?” “Do they get adjusted the same way I do?” “Why would a baby need chiropractic care?” These are legitimate concerns that any parent would have and to start answering those questions we must start at the beginning.
Lets start with the most obvious place being born!
Being born is tough work, there are a lot of pressures and forces being exerted onto your baby during their journey into the world. A current study demonstrated that 90% of newborns suffered birth trauma and associated strain through the neck and cranial areas following birth.
A baby’s spine lengthens by 50% by the time they reach one year old! 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.
Some common conditions that chiropractors can treat is:
-Infrequent bowel movements
-Favoring a side or always looking to the right or to the left
-Flat Head/ Head shape issues
Let’s talk about the adjustment part. When adjusting a baby a skilled chiropractor will only use the amount of pressure that you would use to comfortably push on your eyelid. The child gets checked by hand for any spinal restriction and then is placed on their tummy usually laying on mom’s chest or laying on their back and gentle pressure is applied to correct the restrictions found. That is it simple, safe and effective.
Chiropractic is a safe, gentle and effective way to address nerve dysfunction and promote overall wellness in the newborn and growing child.