Chiropractic Care for Baby
So often parents will end up in my office because a friend or family member shared a story with them about how Chiropractic treatments helped their baby with a specific symptom associated with colic, reflux, digestive issues or head shape concerns. There can be hesitation from parents with the assumption that a Chiropractic adjustment for their newborn would be too aggressive. This couldn't be further from the truth. To treat an infant, the amount of pressure required is much like the pressure you'd use handling a very ripe tomato or when putting contact lenses in. The adjustment is more like a gentle hold on specific structures on and around the spine. It's so common for little ones to sleep through their treatments.
When, how often to come and for what?
It's great to come within the first month. It really depends on when mom is feeling ready to leave the house. I know for me it took a good couple of weeks to get to know my little one a be able to recognize any patterns or "symptoms". Many come initially for a "well -baby" check-up. The purpose here is to take a look at alignment, infantile reflexes, check muscle tone, balance and movement of the joints. When it comes to specific concerns, symptoms such as excessive spitting up, colic, head position or shape concerns, fussiness in certain positions (tummy-time), or digestive issues are a very common reason for a check-up. Although the adjustments aren't "treating the symptoms" it is very common that when the spinal structures are balanced and the nervous system able to function optimally these issues seem to sort themselves out. It's so common that just a few treatments is all that is required to help sort things out with little babies. Beyond that my general recommendation is to check in at developmental milestones such as rolling, crawling and walking to assess for symmetry and functional movement.
Newborn in-home visits for babies under 2 weeks, local to Cochrane and who's mamas were under my care during pregnancy are now available. Please ask me at your next prenatal visit or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time.
Here's a great resource for more information on Chiropractic and Pediatrics http://icpa4kids.org/
*The ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) certifies Chiropractors world wide in the care of pregnant women and their babies. If you are not local to Cochrane, you can search for a Doctor who is a member of the ICPA on their website. ← :)