Infants & Babies

A simple checkup now can make BIG differences in your baby’s health forever. From the start, it is important to do as much as you can to ensure your baby’s health like avoiding all drugs and alcohol – even over the counter medications! Hopefully, you breastfeed with the assured knowledge that it is a superior form of nutrition for your baby’s physical, intellectual, and emotional health. But have you had your baby’s spine checked? How do you know if your child’s spine is healthy? No matter how young your baby is, an unhealthy spine can affect your child’s health for their entire life. Your chiropractor is specially trained to check your child’s spine for any subluxations.

Trauma to the spine can begin as soon as birth. You might be wondering how this can occur. According to Abraham Towbin, MD: The birth process…is potentially a traumatic, crippling event…mechanical stress imposed by obstetrical manipulation – even the application of standard orthodox procedures may prove intolerable to the fetus… most of neonatal injury observed in the delivery room are neurological.1 Larry Webster, DC, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association said “With the birth process becoming more and more an intervening procedure, the chiropractic adjustment becomes even more important to the child’s future.”

Research is confirming chiropractor’s observations that infants may suffer from spinal subluxations. In one study of 1093 newborns, 298 had early signs of scoliosis and upper neck stress.2  In another study, researchers found that subluxations were found in 95% of a group of 1250 babies that suffered from vomiting, hyperactivity, and sleeplessness.3 Although the researchers were primarily MDs, they were still able to and did recognize the power of chiropractic care and the baby’s health. The adjustments that the babies were receiving “frequently resulted in immediate quieting, cessation of crying, muscular relaxation, and sleepiness.” The authors of this study rightfully concluded that a chiropractic spinal checkup “should be obligatory after every difficult birth” and any spinal stress “should be…adjusted…the success of adjustment overshadows every other type (of care).”

There seems to be no limit to the conditions that can respond to chiropractic care: colic4-7, difficulty breast-feeding8-9, Erb’s palsy (an arm is limp and undeveloped)10, torticollis (twisted neck)11-12, unbalanced face and skull development13, foot inversion14, “nervousness”; ear, nose, and throat infections15, allergies and sleep disorders16, and projectile vomiting17 , are just a sampling. All infants, sick or well, need to have a health structural system.

Another contributor to spinal subluxations in a child is something that is referred to as Shaken Baby Syndrome. Babies are very top heavy and mild to moderate shaking of a child can result in serious neurological damage since their necks are very undeveloped. This kind of damage can occur after throwing up a baby and catching them or being spanked. These actions can cause structural or neurological damage to a child and that child desperately needs a chiropractic checkup to help prevent further damage.

According to Larry Webster, DC, who is a chiropractic pediatric specialist, there are six times in a baby’s first year of life when chiropractic examinations are especially important:

  1. After the birth process
  2. When the baby starts to hold their head up
  3. When the baby sits up
  4. When the baby starts to crawl
  5. When the baby starts to stand
  6. When the baby starts to walk18

Give your baby the best possible chance to have a healthy life! You have your baby’s eyes, hearing, and heart checked – please bring your baby in for a chiropractic exam to change the rest of their life for the better!

 

References:

  1. Towbin A. Latent spinal cord and brain stem injury in newborn infants. Med. Child Nuerol. 1969;11:54-68.
  2. Seifert J. Die kopfgelenksblockierung des neugeborenen. In K. Lewit & G. Gutman (Eds.). Rehabilitacia (Vol. 8). Prague: Bratislawa. 1975:53.
  3. Gutman G. Blocked atlantal nerve syndrome in babies and infants. Manuelle Medizin, 1987;25:5-10.
  4. Ressel O, Rudy R. Vertebral subluxation correlated with somatic, visceral and immune complaints: an analysis of 650 children under chiropractic care. JVSR. October 18, 2004; 1-23.
  5. Nilsson N. Infantile colic and chiropractic. Eur J Chiro. 1985;33:264-265.
  6. Pluhar GR, Schobert PD. Vertebral subluxation and colic: a case study: J of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation. 1191;7:75-76.
  7. Wiberg JMM, Nordsteen J, Nilsson N. The short-term effect of spinal manipulation in the treatment of infantile colic: a randomized controlled clinical trial with a blinded observer. JMPT. 1999;22(8):517-522.
  8. Sheader WE. Chiropractic management of an infant experiencing breast-feeding difficulties and colic: a case study. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. 1997;2(2):150-154.
  9. Cuhel JM, Powell M. Chiropractic management of an infant patient experiencing colic and difficulty breast-feeding: a case report. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. 1997;2(2):150-154.
  10. Harris SL, Wood KW. Resolution of infantile Erb’s palsy utilizing chiropractic treatment. JMPT. 1993;16:415-418.
  11. Stone PA et al. Reduction of congenital torticollis in a four-month-old child with vertebral subluxation: a case report & review of literature. JVSR. January 7, 2008; 1-8.
  12. Toto BJ. Chiropractic correction of congenital muscular torticollis. JMPT. 1993; 16:556-559.
  13. Gutmann G Ibid.
  14. Ellis WB, Ebrall PS. The resolution of chronic inversion and plantarflexion of the foot: a pediatric case study. Chiropractic Technique. 191;3(2).
  15. Fryman V. Relations of disturbances of cranio-sacral mechanisms to symptomatology of the newborn. JAOA. 1966;65:1059.
  16. Munck LK, Hoffman H, Nielsen AA. Treatment of infants in the first year of life by chiropractors: incidents and reasons for seeking treatment. Ugeskr Laeger. 1998;150:1841-1844.
  17. Van Loon M Colic with projectile vomiting: a case study. J of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. 1998;3(1):207-210.
  18. Webster L. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association certification program, Module 1. Toronto, Canada, March 11, 1995.