Do Babies Need to See Chiropractors?
You may have seen on the news a few times or have some friends that have taken their newborn to be seen by a chiropractor. The idea of a newborn being seen by a chiropractor may even frighten you right? They are so fresh and delicate and we want to protect them from harm.
Moms, think of how complex birth can be for most. Not all have long or difficult labors, but some go for marathons. Whether your child was born vaginally or cesarean, think of a big head and broad shoulders in comparison to the small opening that it must pass through to be out in our world. There is a lot of stress on mom and baby during delivery. And your baby has been floating in amniotic fluid for 40 weeks (ideally) and has not developed the proper neuromuscular development yet to control their head and neck. Which is why we are supposed to support a newborn’s head.
It has been said that most newborns do have a misalignment in their upper neck after birth. One study found 80% were affected(1). The other had found that 90% were affected and 10% of that 90 % had undergone very serious birth trauma(2).
Here are some signs that may indicate your baby needs to be checked by a chiropractor:
- Difficulty breastfeeding or breastfeeding only on one side
- Ear infections
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Torticollis (head always turned to one side)
Now, not every baby needs an adjustment, but every baby does need to be CHECKED after birth to see if an adjustment would even be necessary. We do find that is the case! It is important that your newborn’s nervous system is functioning properly at an early age to ensure they have the proper development and thrive. Newborns also respond very well and don’t need as much done compared to adults. Why even wait? If they do need an adjustment, it is very gentle and delicately done we are working with precious cargo.
At The Specific, we focus on families and pediatrics and stand for a world where children have the opportunity to thrive, not just survive. Click right here to set up a request online to have your newborn checked to see if we are a good fit to help them.
- Blocked atlantal nerve syndrome in babies and infants. Gutman G. Manuelle Medizin (1987) 25:5-10.
- Relation disturbances craniosacral mechanisms to the symptomatology of the newborn: Study of 1,250 infants. Fryman, V. JAOA. 1966 65: 1059-1075.