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5 Reasons Why Chiropractic Care is Beneficial for Newborns

infant holding an adults fingerScientists believe that misalignment of the spine in newborns can lead to a medley of symptoms. These can include problems with feeding, sleep patterns and quality, neurological development, the immune system, and general comfort. The best thing you can do for your child is bring them to a trusted chiropractor who can help mitigate common symptoms post-birth. In this blog, we’ll be discussing the top five reasons for newborn chiropractic care.

After Birth Recovery

Birth can be traumatic for an infant. Sometimes, the doctor must pull and twist the infant to help the mother birth their child. These movements can cause injuries to the neck and shoulders. Chiropractic adjustments for babies involve gentle manipulations in strategic areas that can help correct nerve problems and ease tension and strain. This prevents nerve dysfunction, which can cause acid reflux, breathing and sleeping difficulties, and colic symptoms.

Eases Colic Symptoms

Colic is the buildup of gas and fluid in underdeveloped intestines. It can cause immense pain for your child. Instead of trying to cover up the symptoms with medication, as some pediatricians do, a chiropractor will attempt to get to the root of the problem. The gentle manipulations from chiropractic care can stimulate their nerve flow in their small intestines and increase peristalsis that helps push gas and liquid through. This will ease the colic pain, which will hopefully put the baby in a better mood.

Improves Immune System

The nervous system runs through the spine, which means that any misalignment can cause the nerve pathways to get irritated and impact all systems in the body. This includes the immune system. By supporting a healthy immune system, you’re supporting the body’s ability to produce white blood cells, which fight diseases, to any part of the body which is vulnerable. This is extremely important for infants as they have not yet produced antibodies to the common cold and the flu.

Supports Physical Development

The proper spinal alignment ensures that the spinal curvatures properly develop. The spine of an infant can increase by 50% in the first year. It’s essential to ensure that the spine is aligned correctly so this growth isn’t compromised. If the spine can grow uncompromised, then it will be able to handle the demands of the baby’s growing body and active lifestyle as they grow older.

General Comfort

As mentioned before, spinal adjustments can help alleviate uncomfortable things, such as colic, acid reflux, and constipation. However, they can also help manage ear infections, latching/breastfeeding problems, and overall moodiness. Heck, if we had to deal with all those things, we’d be moody too. The main thing to take away from this is that nervous system function decreases when the spine is misaligned. This misalignment can affect the brain, intestines, and other body parts, contributing to our overall comfort. A realignment helps reset the nervous system, which helps get our body back on the right track.

Make An Appointment

We recommend that you get your child in for an assessment and alignment as soon as possible. Our very own practitioner, Dr. Whitney Hamed, is specialized in pediatric and prenatal care. She’ll ensure that your child is well taken care of and set up to grow healthy and robust as nature intended. For more information about what we offer or make an appointment contact us today!

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