It is becoming more common for parents to seek chiropractic care for kids. Many of the problems seen in adults often begin in childhood, even as early as birth. Birth trauma, even "natural" birth, can be traumatic to a developing spine and nervous system. Babies born via C-section, as well as those that are delivered by forceps or vacuum extraction, receive enormous amounts of pressure to their cervical spine. This trauma can cause the vertebra of the spine to become misaligned, a condition commonly known as a vertebral subluxation. Subluxations in newborns are common and health complaints such as nursing difficulties, breathing problems, colic, sleep disturbances, acid reflux, ear infections, allergies and asthma can result from it.
Chiropractic care for kids gets them on the road to reach their full potential.
Due to the fact that birth is traumatic, many parents have their newborns checked by a pediatric chiropractor almost immediately after being born. It is important to have children checked regularly as they learn to hold their head up, sit, crawl and walk. The reason being, when a child is born, their spine looks like a "C". It does not have the 3 developed curves of the spine as an adult has. When a child learns to hold their head up, the cervical (neck) curve starts to form. When they begin/learn to crawl, the weight of their abdomen starts to form the lumbar (low back) curve. And when a child learns to walk, they fall on average, 5000 times per year. I advise a mother of a newborn that is completely symptom-free to get their child checked for subluxations 4 times in the first year of life. 1. immediately after birth. 2. when they learn to hold their head up. 3. when they start to crawl. 4. when they learn to walk.
Keeping the child's nervous system working correctly will keep them growing and developing as they are designed to.
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