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Jan 1, 2023

Chiropractic Care for Newborns

We recognize that adults are not the only patients in need of chiropractic work. In fact, spinal health is one of the most essential factors of an infant’s health. Even a small spinal misalignment can cause digestive issues, breastfeeding complications, or the development of asthma. 

Thankfully, within the first few weeks of birth, infants are able to safely receive chiropractic care. Chiropractors ensure to use soft pressure in order to perform spinal adjustments on an infant. These small, painless adjustments help encourage the body to heal itself, while increasing mobility and enhancing regular bodily function.

What does chiropractic care for infants look like and is it safe?

We understand that parents may wonder if chiropractic care is safe for their newborn(s). We are here to tell you that it is both safe and harmless. Pediatric chiropractors use gentle techniques that are not harmful when working with infants; this could simply mean the soft touch of a finger. This type of care can be very beneficial for the overall well-being of newborns.

What does chiropractic care for infants treat?

If your infant struggles with sleep, stomach issues, colic, trouble in latching, breastfeeding, an underdeveloped digestive system, a misaligned spine, acid reflux, ear infection, and/or any other related issues, chiropractic care may be a good fit for your child.

What are the benefits?

Did you know that 95% of newborns are born with spinal misalignments and that  85% of newborns receive chiropractic care shortly after birth? Chiropractic care can be very beneficial right after birth or several weeks postpartum. Main benefits include post-birth recovery, easing colic symptoms, preventing ear infections, boosting the immune system, decreasing injury risk in toddlers, and assisting with proper development. 

What can you expect during treatment?

Most infants will hardly be aware that they are being treated during an adjustment. However, many people ask, “Will my child cry while receiving care?”. There is no one word answer to this question because it depends on the personality of the baby, whether or not the baby is okay with being touched by unknown people, etc. Despite these factors, chiropractic care is completely safe for infants and can be extremely beneficial for both short term and long term relief.

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