There are many things chiropractors are trained to check in newborn babies that other health professionals don’t check because it’s not of their concern or it’s not their field.
Let’s just go over 4 questions that you may have about Chiropractic care for Babies/Children.
1. Is Chiropractic safe for children?
YES! Extremely. Safety is our primary concern as well. Chiropractic care is very gentle and effective in improving your babies/childs health naturally.
Aleecia here is 18 months old today. She has only ever been sick once in her life in which case she didn’t need any medical intervention such as antibiotics or panadol etc. She’s never had any allergies, skin conditions, ear infections or anything that’s common in babies up until the age of 2.
It’s safe to say that Aleecias immune system is working amazingly on its own and she’s overall very healthy and happy. Not only that, She’s also one SMART COOKIE who’s learning the alphabet right now and can recognize most of the letters of the alphabet.
Your babies/childs first visit with us is complimentary and consists of a thorough history of the birth, mum’s health, pregnancy and labor. This is so we can have a chat to you and see if we can help.
If we know we can help and with you on board, we proceed to the examination which is an amazing process of checking all of your babies brain and nervous system functions. we assess mobility, structure of their spine, primitive reflexes, cranial bones, tone of the muscles and determine if there is any evidence of tension or dysfunction in their nervous system which we can then help remove so they can thrive and grow as they should.
2. a) Is it effective?
Chiropractic care for children is extremely effective.
You can get all the research and knowledge you need about this topic on the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) website. Just click here!
2. b) Effective for what?
For improving the nervous systems function that is often reduced by spinal misalignment. Nervous system dysfunction can create different issues with different babies. Just like when your nervous system dysfunctions, you may get a headache, a sore neck or lower back, indigestion or bloatedness, tight and stiff muscles etc, children can get different symptoms too, such as:
o Developmental delays
o Reflux or colic
o Poor immune system function (always sick!)
o Irritable baby
o Lack of concentration
o Breathing difficulties
o Poor posture
o Lack of muscle tone
o Bed wetting
o Digestive issues
o Behavioural issues
3. So why would my baby need a Chiropractic / Nervous system check up?
The nervous system can integrate innapropriately when there are too many stressors that it cannot process. Think about how you might get a bit more sore on that shoulder or lower back or more headachey when you have a big project due at work, or you are going through a sensitive or stressful time with family or friends.
So now if you think about how nice, warm and fitted a baby is in their mum’s belly… and then they come out to this big wide world not having a clue of all of the things that’s going to happen, their nervous system can struggle to adjust to all the new things. There’s a whole lot of different stimulations that may be too much for their little nervous system so it gets confused and starts to dysfunction but the symptoms may not be obvious to you.
4. Will my baby’s bones crack?
Your baby’s bones won’t crack.
In fact, your baby doesn’t even have a lot of bone yet. Most of their bones are still soft cartilage and don’t fully turn to bone until their teenage years!
The techniques we use on babies are VERY gentle. In fact, most babies only need a touch light enough to gently press in the skin of a ripe tomato.
The last thing to remember is that a complimentary consultation at our office for your little one is just that! It is NOT a treatment. It’s a chance for us to meet and see if we can help your child.