Chiropractic is for everyone including infants and children! The normal birthing process places a tremendous amount of stress on the neck. A malposition of the baby’s head or any intervention such as a vacuum or forceps causes additional trauma to the head and neck. Cesarean section is also considered a traumatic birth when considering the effects on the spine.
Even if you child came through the birth process without any spinal misalignments, they can be acquired afterwards. Babies neck muscles are weak and are unable to support the head. Infant car seats may be designed to protect a baby in the event of a crash, but they lack support of the neck. Whenever you stop and accelerate the car their heads go forward and back and side to side, which can cause the spine to misalign.
Throughout the first year, a baby’s spine will grow 50%. Regular chiropractic checkups ensure that your child’s spine is growing properly. During the first year, they also develop the secondary curves of the spine in the neck and low back. If these curves fail to develop, there is a greater chance that they will develop scoliosis, or curvature of the spine.
Towards the end of the first year they will be learning how to walk and will fall an extraordinary amount of times. If you fell that often, do you think that your spine would feel the effects of the trauma?
Physical trauma is the most obvious reason kids need their spines checked out regularly, but emotional and toxic stress can also cause subluxations in kids. Many times children have accidents and parents may believe that they are fine because there is no external evidence of damage. Spinal subluxations sometimes don’t signal an obvious symptom. The earlier children’s spines are checked, the earlier problems can be detected, preventing health problems from occurring and becoming serious. We recommend all children be checked regularly for nerve interference, even without symptoms present. Prevention is the best medicine.
Emotional stress, another cause of spinal misalignments, is becoming a bigger issue for kids today as they try to cope with common scenarios like divorce, violence, and peer pressure. Our world is also becoming more toxic with an increase in pollution, packaged foods, and the number of recommended vaccines. Toxic overload can stress the body and cause spinal misalignments. Chiropractic can help children adapt to these stresses so that they can function at a higher level.
If you know a child who is not under chiropractic care and suffers from any of the following problems, please urge the child’s parent to consider Chiropractic: Fever, Colic, Croup, Allergies, Wheezing, Poor Posture, Stomach ache, Hearing loss, Ear infection, Neck/back pain, Leg/hip/foot pain, Numbness, Headaches, Coughs/Colds, Asthma, Bed Wetting, Bronchitis, Constipation, Weakness/fatigue, One leg shorter, Irritability, Nervousness, Sinus problems, Scoliosis, Arthritis, Poor concentration, Hyper-activity/Attention Deficit Disorder.
Just as it is recommended that children get regular dental checkups, it is important for kids to have their spines checked from birth onward. More and more, educated parents are choosing to take their children to chiropractors regularly, because they see that their children are healthier and happier!