We see a lot of babies here at Chiropractic Family Wellness Center, and we recommend that people bring their babies in to see us the few weeks after birth so we can make sure that any subluxations caused by the birth process are corrected early on. Gentle manipulations in certain key areas of your baby’s body can help to ease tension and strain, as well as correct nerve problems that may arise after a C-section or natural birth. The birth process can be traumatic for both mom and baby and affect the nerves in the body, so coming in for chiropractic care as soon as possible can keep that trauma from lingering and having a deeper effect on the body.
We also recommend that our patients bring their babies in if they have colic or difficulty sleeping. Colic may be linked to an immature or underactive gastro-intestinal system, leading to indigestion and gas build up. An immature digestive system might not cope well with gas build up, which can cause bloating and pain. A baby with colic might pull her knees up and strain to move the gas with little success. Gentle adjustments can stimulate nerve flow to the small intestines and increase peristalsis – the wave-like motion of muscles in the gut that pushes liquid and gas through, which brings your baby relief.
Studies have also shown that chiropractic treatment reduces fussiness in babies, which could be the result of restrictions in your baby’s spine. These restrictions can lead to headaches, muscle spasms, irritability, sleeping problems and crying. Parents often notice a marked difference in their babies after just a few sessions at the chiropractor.
The list goes on and on. We have had great success with babies and children and recommend that everyone have their child come in for regular chiropractic care to be as healthy as possible.