All babies are unique. And yet parents all worry about the same 5 things. Chiropractic adjustments for babies can help with all 5. Here’s why:
1. Crying (how can I make it stop?)
There is nothing worse than listening helplessly to your baby’s endless crying, desperate to make their pain disappear. The crying is often caused by colic or digestive issues like reflux. By gentle stimulating and massaging a baby’s tummy and other organs, an experienced chiropractor can bring immediate relief.
2. Eating (too much, too little, too often?)
Common difficulties with feeding such as pulling off the nipple, falling asleep, arching the back or constant demands to nurse have been linked to undue pressure on the cranial nerves, which control the sucking and rooting reflex. Chiropractic adjustments to realign the upper neck joints and rebalance the joints and muscles of the jaw relieve this tension, allowing baby to feed more easily.
3. Sleeping (and why isn't my baby doing it?)
The difficult process of birth or habits formed in the early weeks of life (such as always carrying baby on one side) can lead to slight misalignments of the spine which have, in turn, been linked to faulty sleep patterns. A chiropractor can adjust your baby to make him more comfortable, leading to better sleep for him, and for the whole family.
4. Pooping (what's normal?)
Chiropractic care is non-invasive and does not involve medication which makes it a very popular solution to easing constipation. Gastrointestinal disturbances and spinal misalignments are closely linked and thus very light adjustments to a baby’s spine and neck can bring relief.
5. Injuries (is my baby hurt?)
You’ll feel dreadful when it happens but babies do fall off changing tables. Or toddler siblings throw toys at them. Or an overloaded stroller topples backwards. Severe injury is rare, but a chiropractor can set your mind at ease by identifying any subtle misalignments which may have occurred and correcting them before they impact on developmental milestones.
There’s one final reason why it can be a great idea to bring your baby in for a chiropractic assessment. You! If you hold your body at an awkward angle so as not to wake the baby sleeping on you or hunch over to feed her or strap her to your front in a carrier you’re placing a lot of stress on your spine and joints. Chiropractic adjustments will relieve the resulting aches and pains so that you can move easily, sleep better and have more energy for your little one. You deserve it!