Infant chiropractic care is one aspect of the chiropractic industry that has been constantly under a microscope. Since I am a mother myself I can empathize with parents and other doctors if they have never witnessed infant chiropractic care before and are anxious. The top three reasons parents bring their infants to me are for colic, ear infections, and wellness care. Digestive issues like acid reflux (which many people argue is the root cause of many colic cases) tend to have a high success rate with chiropractic care as well.
To put it concisely: chiropractic care allows the body to heal itself. No one has ear infections due to an antibiotic deficiency, or acid reflux due to a lack of Zyrtec. You may come across these symptoms if the nerves controlling the circulation in your sinuses or those in charge of activating the smooth muscle in your digestive system are compressed and are unable to fully function. Especially when it comes to infants who don’t have the years of poor posture, bad eating habits, and the vast array of vices us adults put in the way of having a fully functioning nervous system, they tend to respond to chiropractic care very quickly and have complete resolution of their symptoms.
Most parents ask me, “My baby is brand-new, how could they possibly have a spinal misalignment?” This is usually answered with a short search on YouTube for videos of childbirth. Even a picture-perfect delivery is traumatic: the baby is tugged and pulled and turned while its being squeezed (very hard) at every angle possible by the uterus during each contraction. When you consider this along with being poked and prodded at during exams, being held by dozens of different family members and caregivers, and the overload of stimulus to the immune system through things like breathing air for the first time, and its no surprise there is at least one misalignment I can fix on a baby the first time I see them.
A baby’s adjustment is a very gentle process that can be done while the baby lies on their parents’ belly or on a pillow. Most newborns are barely aware the adjustment happens. The only complaint I get from my baby patients is they have to sit still to get the adjustment done! Again, without the years of falls, accidents, bad posture, etc, the muscles are very flexible and allow for me to do the adjustment very easily.
A fantastic resource to turn to for information and research on infant chiropractic care is the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). It was established in 1984 to help collect research, anecdotal cases, and create standards of care for chiropractic care and infants. Their website is www.icpa4kids.com and it is full of all kinds of supporting literature that will address most questions.