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When both of my boys were born, one of their first visitors was our chiropractor.  The birth process, even under natural and controlled conditions, is potentially traumatic. During the pushing stage of labor, the spine, particularly the neck, may be injured as the baby is compressed and pushed down the birth canal. Pulling, forcing and twisting a baby from the birth canal are still too common. Cesarean section, forceps, suction extraction or eager hands can do unseen damage. Even “natural” birthing methods can cause subluxations. Subluxations are areas of your baby’s spine that interfere or distort controlling nerve impulses between the brain and body. 

light pressure with tips of fingers

light pressure with tips of fingers

I have to contribute the fact that both boys were able to nurse with ease, to their chiropractic adjustments.  We never struggled with latching issues, I never got sore, cracked, or bleeding nipples.  Neither of my boys hav had an ear infection. Many times that is caused from an impaired nerve supply to their middle ear and eustachian tubes. This makes the eustachian tubes more susceptible to fluid buildup or infection.

Roman age 7

Roman age 7

When Roman was 1.5-2 years old, he would pull the hair on the top of his head. I quickly realized he was having discomfort with his cranial plates. Chiropractic adjustments helped him work through that. He would also, start snoring if I waited too long to have him adjusted.  I know these two things sound simple and maybe even “normal” but it was his body’s way of signaling to me that it was not functioning to it full capacity. Chiropractic care for children is different from that for adults. Tailored to their age and weight, their adjustments often require no more pressure than you’d use to test the ripeness of a tomato. Roman has always loved being adjusted. Silas went through a faze of not liking other adults, so I would hold him while the Dr. examined him and made the adjustments he needed.

I  have seen chiropractic help a baby that stopped nursing on her mother’s right breast, she would only nurse on the left. For the first week of the baby’s life she nursed fine. For a whole week baby would not nurse from the right breast, Mom was getting very sore, bleeding, and frustrated. Once they were able to get to the chiropractor, ONE adjustment was all it took! Baby started to nurse on the right  side, while still at the office. I honestly was surprised that it corrected it so quickly. Moral of that story don’t wait. The older the injury the longer it takes to correct.

Silas age 20 months

Silas age 20 months

When Silas was 18 months old, he went down for an evening nap.  When he woke up he was crying, which wasn’t completely uncommon. But, after 20 minutes of not getting him happy, I laid him on the sofa where he continued to cry, while I filled the wood-stove.  I picked him back up and tried to comfort him. Nursing usually did the trick, but not this time.  Ugh! What is the deal child? After about 45 minutes I began to realize he wasn’t moving his left arm, at all. I tried to persuade him with a snack. I held his right arm back in hopes he would grab the snack off the table with his left arm, nope, he wouldn’t do it. I  tried to lift his arm very slightly and he would start to fuss. Okay, something is wrong with his arm. It is Saturday night. Do I wait and see if it get better on its on? Or, do I call the chiropractors (they are a husband & wife team) at home? I opted to call them at home. I sent Roman to inform his Dad of Silas’s arm.  Well, Jeff comes into the house, a little pale faced. He tells me that earlier, before Silas went down for his nap, he did something he knows he shouldn’t have done. He picked Silas up by his arms not under his arm pits. Having good friends as chiropractors, you know better.  Little joints are easily injured.  With this new information off to the chiropractors home we go. With a quick examination, Dr, Ben made a couple of slight twists and pulls and voila! We expected to have to have another visit the next day, but when I got home and went to get Silas out of his car seat, he raised both arms for me to get him out.  He was good as new.  Now, I have to wonder, the parents that don’t understand the benefit of chiropractic and the pediatricians that are unsupportive of the idea, what is the diagnoses for that child? What is the treatment? Drugs? If so , what are the potential side effects?

imageI am a firm believer of the benefits of chiropractic and when I look at the numbers it is undeniable a safe, non-invasive choice for our health care.

Preventable medical mistakes are the third-leading cause of death in the US, right after heart disease and cancer. In all, preventable medical mistakes may account for one-sixth of all deaths that occur in the US annually. Sourc: Here and Here.

The chiropractic profession has a well established record of safety and efficacy, and chiropractors’ malpractice insurance imagerates remain among the lowest in the health professions. The profession is leading the way in research to learn more about complications from treatments, and working to reduce them still further. Despite occasional sensationalistic reports in the media, the facts show that chiropractic treatments rank among the safest and most effective form of health care ever offered.  Source

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Comments on: "Babies and Children and Chiropractic…Oh, My!" (3)

  1. Katie M said:

    Fascinating! Hoping to explore this further with our chiropractor here soon!

  2. I cannot imagine life without our chiropractors! Avery’s first stop, before coming home, right out of the hospital was to our chiropractor. What a blessing for you to have chiropractic friends! I keep telling my kids that someone needs to become a chiropractor and save me some $$$! LOL Our chiropractors have a family plan, and it is the best investment of our money in regard to our health that we could possibly make. What a life changer!

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