13 Aug Benefits of Infant Chiropractic: Taking Your Baby to the Chiropractor
From colic to sleep issues to tummy troubles and more, many new parents feel helpless when it comes to the guessing game of calming their babies. Luckily, there’s an often under-the-radar solution: infant chiropractic care.
A visit to the chiropractor offers many benefits to an infant, many of which initially seem unrelated to the spine. Babies can reap the benefits of a visit to the chiropractor right away, and can safely get adjusted within a few weeks after birth.
According to WebMD, “chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation…the theory being that proper alignment of the spine will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication.” In fact, more parents are taking their babies to the chiropractor.
Survey data from 2009 indicated that chiropractic patients younger than 17 had increased by 8.5 percent since 1991, according to the American Chiropractic Association.
With that said, what are the benefits of infant chiropractic care? Here are just a few:
Five benefits of infant chiropractic care:
Helps with recovery after birth
Birth can be traumatic for both mom and baby, and gentle adjustments can help ease babies’ tension and strain from the ordeal, whether they entered the world through a vaginal birth or a C-section. These adjustments help ward off future problems, including colic, reflux and general fussiness.
Helps with ear infections
Gentle adjustments in the upper neck can help drain the middle ear by dilating the eustachian tube, which can become blocked due to colds or sinus infections. Be sure to also visit the pediatrician to ensure you don’t need to treat your baby with antibiotics for an infection as well.
Helps with colic
Pediatricians usually use the rule of threes to diagnose colic, which can have many different causes. When an otherwise healthy baby cries uncontrollably for three hours per day, for more than three days a week for at least three weeks and all other medical conditions have been ruled out, colic is usually the diagnosis.
Sometimes indigestion and gas buildup contributes to colic, which can be relieved through chiropractic treatment. Gentle manipulations can stimulate the intestines, helping to push liquid and gas out.
Enhances immune system
Our immune systems are connected to the brain by nerves running through the spine, and nerve misalignment can affect the entire immune system. Babies will benefit after just a few sessions, which release disease-fighting cells throughout the body, giving the immune system a boost.
Help with general fussiness
Any parent knows that babies can be fussy for a plethora of reasons. Chiropractic care can ease maladies including headaches, reflux, constipation and even trouble latching during breastfeeding, helping to improve sleep and reduce crying.
Adults who have sought chiropractic therapy will be familiar with the cracking and pressure associated with treatment. However, infant chiropractic care takes a specialized, much gentler approach with smaller manipulations.
Spinal adjustments don’t hurt your baby, but they may cry during treatment because they’re being held in a position they’re not used to. Alternately, the baby may not even notice, as spinal adjustments in infants are relatively minor compared to adults.
In any case, the adjustments are over quickly, and your baby will feel better right away. When searching for a chiropractor for your infant, be sure they are experienced with treating babies, and always consult with your pediatrician to rule out any other issues or underlying sickness.
At Luxxey Chiropractic, we have deep expertise with infants and will offer your infant the very best care. To schedule your consultation and appointment, visit https://www.luxxeychiropractic.com/request-appointment/.