Chiropractic care has incredible benefits for people of all ages, including infants. A Chiropractor is trained to work with the body. A Chiropractor uses gentle manipulations to help restore normal nervous system function, so the body can heal itself. It may seem that a baby’s body is so young that it couldn’t possibly have ailments to be relieved but infants’ new bodies face many obstacles as they grow and develop. Chiropractic care is a safe, natural, and effective solution.
Babies can be fussy, colicky, or irritable for many reasons, including:
- Impaired sucking or incorrect latching
- Having an immature digestive system
- Acid reflux
- Food allergens in breast milk or environmental irritants
- Having a slow digestive system
- Having slight tension in the spine
- Ear infections
A Doctor of Chiropractic can help with all of these symptoms. First, though, let’s talk about the safety of Chiropractic care for infants.
Here are two common misconceived worries about Chiropractic care for infants:
First, many worry that a Chiropractor will use too strong of adjustments for their baby, like bending, twisting, or cracking. But, a Chiropractor does not adjust a little one’s spine in the same way he or she adjusts an adult spine. Instead, soft pressure is used to make gentle adjustments. This pressure is less than what you would use to press a button on the elevator and is gentle and safe for babies.
Second, many are concerned that spinal adjustments hurt their baby, which is why they cry during the adjustment. The truth is that there are sensitive areas on your baby’s spine and it may cause mild discomfort when your little one is being examined. However, adjustments themselves aren’t painful and children or babies often cry because they’re held in a position they’re not used to.
In our next blog post, we’ll talk about specific ways Chiropractic care can help your baby.
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