While the idea of your child or infant being adjusted by a chiropractor might seem strange at first, you can rest assured that the adjustments we perform on our pediatric patients are very gentle, safe, and only recommended after a complete structural chiropractic examination to further ensure your child's safety.
How do you know if your child might require structural chiropractic care? Here are 10 common signs that indicate they may benefit from our care.
1. Long or difficult birth.
Birth is intense. Birth with difficulties or interventions can be traumatic to your baby's tiny developing spine and may require attention in the days following delivery.
2. Cesarean birth.
Whether planned or emergency, the methods of delivery that occur with many cesareans often place stress on the structures of your child's spine.
3. Difficulty latching.
If you attempted to latch your child to breastfeed or chestfeed and you noticed that they had difficulty latching or their latch was painful for you, that can be an indication of structural shift that may be affecting more than just their latch.
4. Dribbling milk during feeding.
A little bit of drool is normal, but if you notice your baby is consistently getting more milk on their clothes than in their tummy, this can be a sign of underlying structural shift that needs to be corrected.
5. Asymmetric head shape.
Structural shifts at any point along your child's developing spine can often affect their head shape early in life.
6. Head always turned to the same side.
No matter how many times you reposition them in their crib or carseat, their head always flops back to the same position? This is often an indicator of underlying structural shift that makes it difficult for your child to move their head efficiently. Left uncorrected, this may develop into asymmetric milestone development, which we will discuss next.
7. Asymmetric milestone development.
Baby always drags the same leg when crawling? Can only roll over in one direction? This may result from uncorrected structural shifts at earlier developmental stages that made it difficult for your child to properly acquire their milestones.
8. Sleeping difficulties.
While some sleeping difficulties are to be expected especially during growth spurts, teething, or major changes to your child's routine, chronic sleeping difficulties that leave you feeling completely exhausted are not normal. These can often indicate structural shift that is making your child uncomfortable and making it difficult for them to experience restful sleep.
9. Digestive issues.
Structural shift involving your child's spine may affect their developing nervous system's ability to regulate basic body functions including digestion. Sometimes this results in constipation, excessive spitup, colic, and other digestive difficulties.
10. Baby hates the car seat or hates to be worn in a sling/carrier.
If your baby screams constantly when you put them in the carseat, or if they always try to wiggle out of their sling or carrier, this can be a sign that there are underlying structural issues.
11. Bonus - Baby hates tummy time.
Tummy time is important so your child can begin to develop healthy curves in their spine - laying the foundation for spinal health later in life. If your child seems uncomfortable or agitated with even short periods of tummy time, that may be due to underlying structural issues that need to be addressed in order to allow them to continue to develop their healthy spine.
If any of these signs are familiar to you or your child, even if it's been years since your child experienced these issues, get in touch with us to see how we can help.