If you have a baby under your care, you may think there can be no possible reason to take them to see a chiropractor. Most people think of a chiropractor as a medical professional for adult back problems, maladies that arise as we sustain injury and get older. As it turns out, it is never too early for someone to receive chiropractic adjustments. Here are five reasons why you may want to consider doing so:
1. Symptoms from Colic
If you have ever had a baby with colic, you know that is not fun for anybody. If your child’s gastrointestinal system is not quite developed yet or is underactive, then it can produce gas build up and indigestion. This condition, generally referred to as colic, leads to bloating and pain in a baby. A chiropractor can gently manipulate the nerves to stimulate the small intestines and help the muscles in your baby’s gut to naturally push the liquid and gas through and out.
2. Physical Development
Your baby is going to face crucial development in the first few years of their life. In the first year alone, a baby’s spine will double in length while assuming the curvatures that will support them the rest of their lives. Our bodies follow a natural blueprint as they grow that tries to ensure optimal health and posture, but sometimes improper alignment at this critical juncture can cause the spine to develop incorrectly. A chiropractor can examine and help align your baby’s spine to ensure healthy growth and posture.
3. Recovery after Birth
Even under optimal circumstances, birth is an arduous process for both the mother and the child. The variables can become compounded under a C-section or natural birth. Both the baby and the mom may sustain considerable nerve trauma during childbirth. A chiropractor can examine a baby and very early on identify and treat spine and nerve problems which can cause discomfort or slowed development.
4. Treat Ear Infections
Ear infections are some of the most common ailments that can affect a baby. Ordinarily, the middle ear in our bodies drains excess fluid via the Eustachian tube, but babies are particularly susceptible to blockage of this tube through colds, allergies, or sinus infection. The root causes that lead to the ear infection will likely require medication and antibiotics, and a medical professional will need to be consulted to determine the exact dosages. However, a chiropractor may be able to massage the neck and vertebrae to help dilate the Eustachian tube and drain any fluid unduly trapped in there.
5. General Contentment
While babies do not yet carry the responsibilities of adults, their lives can feel pretty stressful in their own way. This new world they’re in is an immense place and trying to navigate it can be very tiring to a tiny body. This can naturally manifest in fussy or cantankerous behavior and mannerisms, which in turn can tire or strain the body even further. Consider consulting a chiropractor to routinely examine your baby’s spine to make sure everything is mechanically sound. Keeping your baby soothed and relaxed in this way can lead to a reduction of crying fits, headaches, and just general irritability.
Your baby will be one of the most important parts of your life. You naturally want the best for them and will seek out the best care available. Chiropractors are trained to treat any back and spine, all the way down to the youngest of us. Ask a medical professional if a chiropractic consultation is the right course for your baby.