There are many things new parents have to deal with when it comes to the care of newborns and infants. Many parents do not consider the benefits of kids chiropractic care to alleviate some of the issues that may arise. During the birth process, the twists and moves that occur can compress or stretch an infant’s spine. These slight misalignments can cause problems including colic, poor eating, irritability, unusual crying and poor sleeping habits.
Newborn Spinal Care
Spinal adjustments on a newborn baby are simple, easy and gentle. The pressure needed to align a newborn’s spine is very minimal, making it comfortable for the baby as well as the parents as they carefully watch over their child’s care. These simple adjustments can help to relieve pressure that can cause many of the common infant and newborn issues – including the issue most parents dread, colic.
Colic is a very common condition that affects many infants during the first few months to the first year of life. This condition is characterized by sudden and unexplained fussiness, a loud piercing cry, stomach rumblings, tight muscles, the inability to get comfortable and clenched fingers. It most commonly starts to appear around three weeks of age and is usually gone in a few months, but it can last for 6 months or more in some cases. Approximately 10-20% of babies are affected by colic.
Colic and Chiropractors
Despite all of the medical advances and research done on colic, there is still no known cause and right now, most traditional treatments are focused on alleviating the symptoms. Kids’ chiropractic care seems to be the best treatment option as over 90% of colicky babies who have chiropractic adjustments end up showing some improvement in the severity and frequency of their colic episodes. Chiropractic care offers gentle, non-invasive, safe and highly successful treatment for infants with even severe cases of colic.
Research on new and improved treatments for colic and more in-depth studies of the condition itself, have shown that adding kids’ chiropractic care to other lifestyle changes such as diet and infant care basics can go a long way in making you and your infant happier and healthier!
Today is chiropractic’s 117th birthday. Chiropractic did not begin because someone had an attack of lower back pain or a week-long headache that didn’t go away after a fistfull of Tylenol. Chiropractic began because a man with significant hearing loss was having a conversation with a magnetic healer who was, as a result of this conversation, inspired to put his hands on this man and perform the first specific chiropractic adjustment. Hearing was restored and millions of people have reaped the benefit of natural chiropractic care – all because D.D. Palmer thought outside the box.
We have fielded many questions about kids and chiropractic. ”Why do kids need adjustments? They don’t have back pain…” “Isn’t that dangerous to adjust babies?” The list goes on…
If chiropractic was started because a man couldn’t hear, how have we distorted chiropractic into a neck and back pain treatment modality?
What’s more dangerous: a gentle specific chiropractic adjustment to restore proper communication between the brain and the body in a developing infant, or exposing an infant to foreign chemicals through medications and vaccinations at the time when their body is least able to process them?
We chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul. We release the prisoned impulses, a tiny rivulet of force, that emanates from the mind and flows over the nerves to the cells and stirs them to life. We deal with the magic power that transforms common food into living, loving, thinking clay; that robes the earth with beauty, and hues and scents the flowers with the glory of the air.
In the dim, dark distant long ago, when the sun first bowed to the morning star, this power spoke and there was life, it quickened the slime of the sea and the dust of the earth and drove the cell to union with its fellows in countless living forms. Through eons of time it finned the fish and winged the bird and fanged the beast. Endlessly it worked, evolving its forms until it produced the crowning glory of them all. With tireless energy it blows the bubble of each individual life and then silently, relentlessly dissolves the form and absorbs the spirit into itself again.
And yet you ask “Can chiropractic cure appendicitis or the flu?” Have you more faith in a knife or a spoonful of medicine than in the power that animates the living world? – B.J. Palmer, DC, PhC