The birth process is the hardest journey your baby makes.
Factors like pushing, positions adopted by the mother-to-be and medical intervention of ventouse, forceps and caesareans at the time of birth may put your baby’s spine under a great amount of pressure, particularly the neck and skull.
Even the easiest natural birth can affect your baby’s skull and spine.
Where injuries caused during birth, such as fractures and dislocations are more obvious and can be treated, it is the minor injuries that escape unnoticed.
You may have an apparently healthy, though unhappy and irritable baby, over time creating desperate parents.
Some common symptoms to watch for:
- Unhappy lying on back
- Flat head or plagiocephaly
- Tendency to face one side
- Prefers to feed on one side
- Colic or reflux
- Poor attachment when feeding
- Unsettled sleep patterns
- Crying, restless, easily startled
Chiropractic cranial treatment may help relieve and resolve physical discomfort to your baby caused by minor injuries at birth. Developmental miles stones such as sitting, crawling and walking are ideal times for a check-up.
Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?
Since significant trauma can occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any cranial and spinal health related problems. Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal health related problems.
While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the potential underlying structural damage to the child’s spine, skull, pelvis and extremities is the unique domain of a chiropractor.
Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” may be able to be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic checkups may be able to identify these problems and help avoid some of the health complaints seen later in adults. Naturally, Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine, particularly babies.