07 Jun Chiropractic Treatment for Babies With Reflux
Being a parent of a newborn baby is overwhelming and scary, to say the very least. Every situation is new and most often the solution is not obvious. Learning the different types of cries that your baby is learned very quickly but other things involving your baby may not be as straightforward.
When it comes normal baby behavior, like spitting up, it can be hard to tell what is normal and what needs to be brought to the doctor’s attention.
While reflux is common in babies, there is a more serious, less common condition that has multiple underlying causes.
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a diagnosis that is categorized by excessive vomiting, persistent coughing, refusal/trouble eating and crying during/after eating. Normally, food enters the stomach through the esophagus but in cases of GERD, the food gets backed up in the stomach and reverses course.
While GERD can be diagnosed by specific tests, it is most often diagnosed through its symptoms and it is believed to be caused by an underdeveloped or immature digestive system.
Common treatment of GERD usually includes medications (Prilosec or Zantac) in small doses to decrease the symptoms
While these medications can be effective, most often parents should be reluctant to try the medications right away. Luckily, there is another option that has been proven very effective and that is chiropractic for babies with reflux.
While effective, chiropractic treatments are not a cure for the disease but the adjustments help remove the nervous system impingements and other interferences, which allow the body to function properly.
Most often, when babies suffer from GERD, their spines are restricted or subluxated at the stomach (mid back) and esophagus (upper back) levels. These areas cause nervous system impingements that put stress on the structures in the areas that are controlled by the nerves. It is a very good idea to have your baby assessed by a chiropractor to evaluate the level of joint restriction or subluxation and the effect it causes.
It is very common to see GERD symptoms decrease or even fully resolve as a result of proper chiropractic treatment.
Other causes of GERD could be due to the way the diaper is changed, feeding and possibly food sensitivities. When babies start to crawl or even walk, the way that their diapers are worn can possibly cause spinal impingement from unbalanced weight distribution.
A baby’s spine is curved differently than adults and due to the lack of muscle development, a poorly placed diaper can cause subluxations, which can cause reflux, fussiness, colic and other issues.
If you think that your baby may be experiencing something out of the ordinary, be sure to take them in and discuss with your pediatrician. But before jumping right to the harsh medications, ask about chiropractic treatments for your baby. Seeing the right chiropractor is very important and if you live near Tempe, Luxxey Chiropractic is the best in the Valley.
At Luxxey Chiropractic, we provide the very latest treatments available for all your and your baby’s chiropractic needs. So don’t let another day go by, contact us to schedule your evaluation today.