Babies can benefit from chiropractic, too!
Many adults understand and have experienced the health benefits of chiropractic care. But have you ever considered it for your little one? Newborn babies have been through a lot by the time we get to hold them in our arms. As your child is being born, their neck and back vertebrae can go out of alignment due to the stretching and compressing of their body as it emerges into the world. If your delivery included a prolonged pushing stage, forceps, a vacuum extraction, or another form of assisted delivery, the changes are high that your baby has a spinal misalignment.
If these misalignments are big enough, the functioning of major systems in your baby’s body won’t be working as well as they could be. The digestive system can be affected, and ineffective digestion of breast milk and formula can cause major discomfort in your baby, leading to episodes of colic.
What’s colic? Colic is defined as comfortless crying in a young child or a baby. This fussiness can last over hours or days. Colic sounds like a loud and piercing cry, tensed abdominal muscles, flexed legs, and clenched fingers. It generally starts around 3 weeks of age and lasts until around 3 months, though it could last as long as 6 months. Chiropractic care has some of the best results in helping colicky babies, with 94% of babies showing improvement with chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic is a safe, gentle, conservative, and highly successful option for treating infants with colic. You may see your baby totally relax before your eyes as the misalignment is corrected!
Dr. Josh Watkins and Dr. Lindsey Hurlbut have helped so many babies with colic. If you would like to help your baby without the use of pharmaceutical medication, call Watkins Family Chiropractic today for a free consultation! We’re located in Savage across from the new HyVee and we proudly serve the Prior Lake, Burnsville, and Shakopee areas too.
Klougant N., Nilsson N., Jacobsen J. Infantile Colic Treated by Chiropractors; a Prospective Study of 316 Cases. JMPT. 1989;12:281-288.