Infants and Children

Chiropractic for Kids: Getting the Word Out

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You do so many things to ensure your baby's health during the pregancy and after your baby is born.

Have you had your baby's spine checked? How do you know if your child's spine is healthy? An unhealthy spine can affect your child's health for his/hers entire life. Your doctor of chiropractic is specially trained to check your child's spine for areas of distortion causing nerve damage - the vertebral subluxation complex.

Sometimes a newborn's spine is harmed at birth. How can that occur? According to Abraham Towbin, MD: The birth process is potentially a traumatic event, mechanical stress imposed by obstetrical manipulation - even the application of standard orthodox procedures may prove intolerable to the fetus. Most signs of neonatal injury observed in the delivery room are neurological.

Research is confirming chiropractors' observations that infants may suffer from spinal subluxations. In one study, 1,250 babies were examined five days after birth; 211 of them suffered from vomiting, hyperactivity and sleeplessness. Subluxations were found in 95% of this group. Although the researchers in this study were MDs, they recognized the power of chiropractic care and these babies were given the spinal care they needed. They authors reported that the spinal adjustment "frequently resulted in immediate quieting, cessationof crying, muscular relaxation and sleepiness." The authors noted that an unhealthy spine causes "many clinical features from central motor impariment to lower resistance to infections- especially ear, nose and throat infections."

The above study discusses an 18th month-old boy suffering from tonsillitis, frequent enteritis, therapy-resistant conjunctivitis, frequent colds, earache and increasing sleeping problems. he received a chiropractic spinal adjustment. The child demanded to be put to bed and slept peacefully until morning. His health returned to normal.

For over a hundred years doctors of chiropractic have observed the often dramatic responses of infants to chiropractic care. There seems to be no limit to the conditions that can respond to chiropractic care, colic, difficulty breast-feeding, Erb's palsy, torticollis (twisted neck), constipation, unbalanced face and skull development, foot inversion, nervousness, ear, nose and throat infections, allergies and sleep disorders and projectile vomiting are just a sampling. All infants and children however, sick or well, need to have a healthy spine.