ACA Council on Physiological Therapeutics and Rehabilitation



Chiropractic Children: Infants and Toddlers

Why would a baby need to see a chiropractor?

Babies are naturally healthy, happy and active. When they're not, the reason could be a problem with their spine. Think about it. The nervous system, which controls every function of the body, is protected by the spine. A spinal bone that is out of alignment or not moving properly, (called a subluxation) may irritate or put pressure on local nerves. Communication between your brain and body (and vice versa) becomes hampered which may cause countless problems. Colic and irritability are examples of symptoms that can be caused by subluxations.

But why would a baby have these spinal problems?

The birth process can put a great deal of pressure on the spinal nerves and muscles of the infant's neck. In a difficult delivery, damage to the delicate tissues of the spine may occur, especially when vacuum extraction or forceps are used. As children develop they suffer falls and tumbles while learning to crawl, walk, climb and run. Such everyday childhood activities can cause these problems which may result in a variety of unhealthy conditions.

How does a chiropractor treat spinal problems in a baby?

Chiropractors use very gentle adjustment techniques that are suited to the child's age and condition. Chiropractors have a minimum of seven years of university level education and are trained to treat infants and children, as well as adults. Adjustments for children are so precise and gentle that children love being adjusted because it makes them feel great.

When should you first take your child to a chiropractor?

As soon as possible after birth. Chiropractic care at an early stage could prevent many common childhood disorders from developing. But any age is a good time to start because a chiropractor will help your child's body keep itself healthy which can lead to a lifetime of good health.

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