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While the birth process can be an exciting time for the mom-to-be, we often do not realize how traumatic it can be on the baby’s tiny little body.
Why? Squeezing through the cramped birth canal puts pressure on the baby’s spine and cranium — even under normal, natural circumstances. This trauma may adversely affect the function of the baby’s nervous system.
Add in procedures such as inducing labor, forceps and vacuum extractions, and it’s easy to see how the birth experience can be stressful for any newborn.
A c-section can also cause trauma for your baby. According to an article from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) website, “Most moms who have had a c-section describe a pulling and tugging sensation as the baby was being taken out of the belly.”
Promoting a Healthy Nervous System
Getting your baby evaluated by a Pediatric Chiropractor soon after birth is a safe and natural way to promote a healthy nervous system. As chiropractors, we check for spinal subluxations or disturbances in the nervous system. When those disturbances are removed, your baby can experience healthier growth and development.
You may also notice that your baby sleeps better too!
Safe and Gentle Care
Chiropractic care has an excellent track record, particularly when it comes to children. It’s estimated that adverse events connected to pediatric chiropractic care are estimated to be 1 in 250 million. When we adjust infants, we only use gentle pressure, the amount of pressure it would take to determine if a tomato is ripe or that you would use to press comfortably on your eye.
After your baby’s long journey into the world, we invite you to bring your child in to experience the many benefits of chiropractic care.
As your kiddo continues to grow, essential developmental changes occur in the first few years of life. How we support children during these years determines their expression of health and well-being.
From birth to bumps, trips and falls, our little ones are exposed to a great deal of stress. When their ability to adapt has been exceeded, this stress is stored in the neuro-spinal system. Gentle chiropractic adjustments release what is stored so they are continually connected to their innate ability to GROW and THRIVE.
Children are some of the biggest beneficiaries of chiropractic care. Surprised? Those who think of chiropractic as primarily a solution for neck and back problems are surprised to learn that chiropractic can be helpful for many types of childhood health problems.
Nervous System Disturbances
The nervous system, consisting of the brain, spinal cord and all the nerves of the body, controls and regulates the entire body. Many childhood health problems are merely the result of nervous system interference, usually along the spine.
Our gentle adjusting techniques help reduce these disturbances so your child’s body can resume working as it was designed. Better health is the natural result when the brain and body have clear communication pathways.
Chiropractic and Children
Upon examination, we often find nerve disturbances associated with many types of common childhood health complaints.
While the effects of these nervous system compromises go by a variety of names, chiropractic is not a treatment for them! Our primary aim is to locate and reduce the underlying nervous system dysfunction.
We can help with:
Some of the most common indicators of difficulty with breastfeeding are:
- Babies who cannot latch firmly
- Babies who can latch and not sustain sucking
- Babies who are unable to smoothly coordinate suckling, swallowing, and breathing
- Babies who can feed in only one position
- Babies who seem dissatisfied when nursing or who remain fussy and distressed throughout the day
- Babies who chew and damage the mother’s nipples
- Babies who may not feed any better from other devices
- Babies who have the need to suck 24/7
Colic & Sleep Issues
There is no consensus on the exact cause of colic, however, many experts suspect that the issue arises from the gut (the term “colic” stems from the Greek word “kolikos,” meaning “suffering in the colon”). Some possible issues could be an immature digestive system/gas, infant acid reflux, food allergies or sensitivity and more. Other non-digestive issues could be overstimulation or tobacco exposure.
The majority people understand the value of sleep in general, and in particular how it can contribute to good health and development in children. As a chiropractor who treats children, a popular topic I end up addressing with moms is how to improve their child’s quality of sleep. Emerging research suggests that pediatric sleep disorders contribute to attention deficit, hyperactivity, mood disturbances and memory problems. Ensuring your child develops a healthy sleep routine is very important and chiropractic care may help.
Common Might be an Understatement
An ear infection is an inflammation of the middle ear, usually caused by a virus and occasionally bacteria, that occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum.
Some of the latest research tells us that nearly 80% of kids will suffer from at least one ear infection before the age of 2, with many of those kids suffering from multiple infections. Parents start to feel helpless and tired of the endless cycle of antibiotics, tubes, and surgeries. Your child is miserable but it seems like there is little you can do. No wonder reoccurring ear infections (Otitis Media) accounts for one of the most common reasons parents take their child to see the Pediatrician.
In reality, ear infections are now so common in children that most parents have a feeling that it’s “normal” for their kids to get an ear infection. Just because something is common, does not at all mean it’s normal.
Typical Treatment Options Aren’t Working
Well, the truth is the vast majority of the time we are still doing the same things today that we’ve done for decades – treating the effects instead of addressing the cause. In the case of ear infections, that usually means parents walking out of their pediatrician’s office with a prescription for antibiotics.
Well if you can’t already tell from the stats above, that’s not working very well. Truth is, we’ve known since the 1980s that using antibiotics for things like ear and sinus infections is not only mostly ineffective; it’s often dangerous too.
Some studies show that each time a child under the age of 2 is prescribed an antibiotic, it’s increasing their risk of developing asthma and allergies later on by 2-4 fold. Now fast forward a bit and ask yourself if more kids suffer from allergies and asthma than they did just one generation ago? Plus, if you’ve watched the news at all the past few years, you know that we now also have to deal with things called antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” which is caused by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics by our health care system and is a major problem.
It really doesn’t even take stats and research for us to realize what’s going on here, we just have to look at the health of our children and start putting the puzzle pieces together. The above paragraphs honestly only give a quick overview of how deeply seated this problem is, and how much the mismanagement of this “common” childhood problem sets the stage for much bigger issues down the road.
So to get you the info that really matters, how to REALLY help your child suffering from ear infections, or even better… how to help your child not suffer from them at all… Here’s a quick synopsis of what causes them, why antibiotics are ineffective, and what I strongly feel should be the first line of defense and care for kids with ear infections – pediatric chiropractic care.
Treating the Cause Instead of the Symptoms
In our office, we address the root cause of the problem, so the child can drain and heal if suffering… or even better, never get them in the first place. Here’s what we recommend:
- Have your child checked by a trained Pediatric Chiropractor to see if there is any misalignment of the upper neck and cranial bones causing poor drainage and poor immune function.
- Clean up their diet, especially limiting or removing dairy products and sugar.
- Only use medications and antibiotics when absolutely necessary, so that the child’s immune system gets stronger instead of weaker.
Oh, and did we mention that the vast majority of ear infections are viral, not bacterial!?! Yeah, that’s important too!
Simply put, it’s common to think your child has to suffer from ear infections, but it certainly is not normal. Don’t let your kids suffer if you don’t have to, consider the things recommended here BEFORE you consider using antibiotics and I think you’ll really like the results.
Getting kids healthy without drugs or surgery is common practice in our office, and always will be! Our approach is simple. Since chiropractic care isn’t a treatment for infections of any type, when parents bring their child in to see us, we look specifically for distortions in the upper spine and assess the Tensor Veli Palatini (TVP) muscle and surrounding tissue. If nerve tension is detected, we gently reduce it with safe, extremely gentle, and natural chiropractic adjustments. This helps restore nervous system integrity and easily relaxes the muscles. Give us a call today to discuss getting and keeping your kiddo healthy.
What REALLY Causes Ear Infections?
First off, most pediatricians are still telling parents some version of this, “Most kids get ear infections at some point, because their Eustachian tubes (think “drain pipe” for the ear) are more horizontal early in life, especially for some kids.” Well to keep it simple, that statement is true but absolutely far from solving the whole riddle. The root cause of this issue is far from “poor design” or bad luck related to genetics, it’s much more than that.
Almost each case history roots back to these main things:
- Some trauma and physical tension placed on the portions of the skull and upper neck surrounding the ears, leading to abnormal alignment and neuromuscular function of the ear tubes… and thus poor drainage.
- Poor nutrition and increased toxicity in the child’s environment, leading to inflammation and excessive production and build up of mucus and fluid in the ear.
- Misuse and overuse of antibiotics early in life leading to resistance and immune dysfunction, and thus reoccurrence of ear infections.
Acid reflux occurs when milk or food mixes with stomach acid and is regurgitated backwards through the alimentary canal. Babies with reflux often vomit frequently, and many experience pain and discomfort. Infants that arch their backs, refuse to eat, cough or cry excessively are likely to be suffering from some degree of reflux.
What are the Causes of Infant Reflux?
Reflux is common in infants for many reasons. First, sphincter muscles are not fully developed until they are about 10 months old. Because these muscles hold food down in the stomach, any amount of eating can result in vomiting.
Second, certain foods are allergenic for babies. The only way to uncover these allergies is through trial and error – by eliminating a food group through a nursing mother’s diet or seeking an alternative formula – and that can take time. Cow’s milk is a common culprit.
Third, a misalignment of the vertebrae can cause acid reflux to occur or worsen. This misalignment often occurs during a difficult delivery, in which the mother pushed for an extended time, when forceps or a vacuum was necessary to extract the baby and if baby was born by cesarean. Sleeping positions during early infanthood can also contribute.
How can Chiropractic Care Help with Infant Reflux?
If reflux is caused by vertebral misalignment, a chiropractor will gently and gradually correct the alignment. This can help the upper valve of the baby’s stomach to gain more control, and can also improve nerve function.
Even if an infant doesn’t suffer specifically from acid reflux, chiropractic care can help with a variety of common issues, including gas, sleep difficulties and more.