Infants and Babies Need Chiropractic Care
We all know there are many benefits to chiropractic care for adults, but have you ever considered having your infant or baby adjusted and under chiropractic care?
Consider it. Over 20% of our patients at Kempsville Chiropractic are kids, from newborn all the way up to adolescents. Parents in our office understand the benefits of chiropractic for children and choose to bring their kids in to see us to stay healthy!
Chiropractic is extremely important for all children, especially infants, due to the birthing process. Modern birth technology can involve the use of forceps, suction and even tugging and pulling on the baby in order to progress the birthing process. Even a completely natural birth involves many forces placed on the baby’s spine and neck area as the uterus contracts to push the baby through the birth canal.
Furthermore, a baby can develop in the womb with a bad posture. For example, some babies sit upside down with their heads shifted to the side in-utero, which can cause muscle tightness in the baby’s cervical spine and make it difficult for them to turn their heads certain ways after birth. This can make breastfeeding especially difficult for mom and baby!
90% of Newborn Babies have Spinal Problems
Approximately 90% of newborn infants experience some sort of injury or trauma or sprain / strain to their cranium and cervical spine, according to studies of newborn infants who had their spines checked 24-hours post-labor and delivery. These traumas result in misalignments of the spine that put pressure on the nervous system, also called subluxations. These subluxations, or misalignments, put pressure on the developing bones and affect nervous system function.
As a result of these subluxations, many health complications can and do occur with many babies:
- Breastfeeding difficulty
- Ear infections
- Encopresis (toddlers holding bowel movements)
- Enuresis (bed-wetting)
- Focus and Attention Problems
- Gastro-esophageal or digestion issues
- Immune system issues or children who become sick often
- Sinus issues
What Happens As Your Baby Grows?
Another very important thing to remember is that the length of an infant’s spine will increase by 50% by the age of one! That means that there is a lot of growth that occurs over a baby’s first year of life. If an infant has a subluxation or misalignment in their spine, how do you think that will affect the development of their spine through their first year of life and even into their adult years? Consider a car with tires and axles that are misaligned … eventually, the tires will wear down and it will affect the function of the structure of the car. The same thing happens in the spine. If your infant’s spine is not in the proper alignment, it will wear down and cause problems with function over the years and into adulthood.
Many spinal problems and health issues can be prevented with a simple, gentle chiropractic checkup and adjustment! The great thing about chiropractic is that it’s safe, gentle, effective and there are no negative side effects.
Benefits for Your Baby from Chiropractic Care
- Infants sleep better
- become sick much less often
- better spinal development
- less colic
- less incident of ear infection
As any new parent can attest, having their newborn infant sleep better, with less interruptions and crying, is priceless. So, perhaps we should have listed better sleep twice!
While we don't claim to have magical fingers, you can see that during the adjustment of the baby by Dr. Lombardozzi (shown above), the crying baby became peaceful and alert.
At Kempsville Chiropractic adjusting our babies is something we not only believe in but practice in our daily lives. Our doctors have adjusted their children since birth. We understand how precious the live of every infant is, and desire to aid in the health and development of as many children as possible. As parents ourselves, we are ready to share with you our experiences in infant and child chiropractic care.
If you are curious about chiropractic for your newborn infant or child, please contact us for a consultation. The doctors will answer any questions and address any concerns that you have with your child’s health and point you in the right direction for care. Keep in mind that consultations at Kempsville Chiropractic are always complimentary! Our doctors are very comfortable and experienced at working with infants.
It is never too early to start chiropractic care! Many parents choose to have their babies adjusted right after birth! Give us a call today at 757.467.5258 to get your infant on the best track for a healthy life! If you know other parents whose babies can benefit from chiropractic care, please recommend this article to them.
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