Ever thought of taking your baby to a chiropractor?
Babies and Chiropractic – Did the thought ever occur to you?
I am always treating several babies at my office – most of the time Moms bring in their babies because they have noticed something that is either odd or that they may interpret as pain in the baby’s behaviour.
Generally they have already consulted the pediatrician and found out that nothing serious is going on. Usually the pediatrician reassures the parent that ‘it’s nothing’ or ‘they will grow out of it’.
More and more us Moms are trusting our guts… and this advice, while reassuring, isn’t always fully satisfying. So Mom goes in search of answers and hence we have Babies and Chiropractic stories to share!
A word on a baby chiro examination
As with any patient, a full history is taken – in my office this means an extensive (maybe too long) 4 page intake questionnaire. I sit with Mom or Dad and ask a ton of questions about the baby, behaviour, breast feeding, health, pregnancy and birth etc…
I then do a through exam (including but not limited to: a physical observation, infant reflexes, palpation of the spine and musculature. I will also often listen to the lungs and heart as well – if there is a specific problem that the baby is coming in about there is also a focused exam regarding that.
Here are some cute pics and instructions on how to check some infant reflexes – now don’t panic if they are not on your baby, chances are that the pediatrician has checked them so far and if they haven’t flagged anything for you the baby is fine. Got it? Also, never Google stuff. Bad for the mental health. Also don’t do #7 if you haven’t been trained – too easy to drop baby!
A word on chiro adjustments for baby
Ever been to a chiro and had an adjustment? If so you may not be able to imagine Babies and Chiropractic – I mean really Karen, I am not letting you do that to my baby how could they stand the force?
So the youngest baby I have adjusted was a few days old…. It’s not the same force as we use on adults – don’t be cray cray!
We use what we call eyeball pressure – that is exactly as it sounds: close your eyelid and put your index finger on your lid and push gently down on your eye – just a comfortable amount. That is eyeball pressure and that is what we use on babies.
I mean really, the poor teeny things don’t even have ossified spinal segments yet we gotta be gentle!
The amazing thing is that babies respond really really fast. I had a baby in the office for a check up and she happened to have a buch of sinus congestion so I did a few sinus trigger points and within about 10 minutes here nose was running like a faucet. Her mom said that previously all the junk just stay stuck up there and made it hard for her to breathe.
I love treating babies for that reason (and because I always steal a cuddle and hug because who can resist really! Yes, its always with permission)
Babies and Chiropractic – some of the whys
Here is why some parents bring in their babies in general:
-well baby check (just for a check up)
-torticollis (head tilted to one side)
-colic – sometimes I really think this is baby back pain / digestion issues
-behaviours like putting something under their back at rest time – can indicate pain
-pulling on the ears or rubbing a body part
-chronic congestion (sometimes mechanical things we can do can help drainage happen)