Not only does this question pop up often for me as a pediatric chiropractor but this question has come up a lot as well in today’s society. As more and more people are turning to chiropractic care for their whole family as well as their newborn babies more questions are coming to the surface and what we can do to either prevent or help them after.
Lets start this off with a little about chiropractic care for those newborns and infants as there are MANY times misconceptions about what this may even look like. Let me tell you it is NOT like the care of an adult! Unlike the traditional twisting and popping that some may think or are used to, chiropractic care for babies is VERY specific, and gentle especially for newborn infants. Whether you have had a natural birth, or a C-section, it is always important to get your infant checked right after birth so they can grow up to become healthy adults as time during development is crucial!
So the big question... how do birth traumas occur in infants?
Very short labor
Very long labor
The use of Pitocin to strengthen/induce uterine contractions
Restricted maternal birthing positions
Pulling or twisting on the head to deliver the infant’s body
The use of forceps or vacuum extraction
When left uncorrected, this trauma continues to impact a baby’s spinal growth and development, reducing the healthy function of his or her nervous system. Whether immediately or over time, this can cause many health challenges later in life that could easily have been prevented.
Just a few of the symptoms that your infant can experience include, but are not limited too: nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, digestive issues, immune system dysfunction, and an inability to be soothed and settled are all potential signs of spinal nerve stress in infants!