As a new mom, I had briefly heard about the benefits of chiropractic care on infants. However, being familiar with chiropractic care for adults, I was nervous to let my three-month old try the same thing. Most parents share the same fear as me. They do not want their little bundle of joy to be damaged by the “cracks” and “pops” from a chiropractor. Here is the truth – when babies visit the chiropractor it is a completely different experience than what adults have. Baby chiropractic care is very gentle, and the baby usually enjoys it or does not know what is going on.
When and How Often Should Babies be Adjusted?
Babies are not like adults in the fact that they do not need to be adjusted regularly. According to chiropractic pediatric specialist, Larry Webster, D.C., there are six times in a baby’s first year of life when spinal examinations are especially important:
- 1. After the birth process
- 2. When the baby starts to hold his/her head up
- 3. When the baby sits up
- 4. When the baby starts to crawl
- 5. When the baby starts to stand
- 6. When the baby starts to walk
How Does a Chiropractor Adjust a Baby?
I took my three-month old baby girl, Elliana, to see Dr. Andrew from The Joint in Glendale, CA. Dr. Andrew first laid her on her back and stomach and evaluated her. He then gently massaged her back to align the spine. Three adjustments were then made with a gentl tool. She did not feel a thing. The adjustment has really helped with her teething and acid reflux pain, as well as helping her sleep at night.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help Babies?
Chiropractic care has been known to help several minor and major symptoms and issues with infants. This is because so much of our health depends on the health of our spine. A chiropractic adjustment can:
- Help with latch (most commonly caused by a sore neck in baby)
- Acid Reflux and Colic
- Stuffy nose and other sickness symptoms
Having a baby adjusted right after the birth process is crucial. During the birth process, the baby does a lot of moving and squeezing through the birth canal. The mother’s pelvic bone, as well as the doctor delivering the baby, can cause the baby’s spine to be misaligned. Even if the mother has a C-section, there is still a lot of pulling that takes place.