Although this article deals primarily with pediatric chiropractic treatment, the very best time to begin chiropractic treatment for baby is while the mother is still in the early stages of pregnancy. This can help the mother feel more comfortable as the pregnancy progresses and future spinal health issues in both mother and child can be addressed proactively.
‘Comfortable mama = healthy baby.’
Chiropractors have a unique and effective treatment method and early detection of problems is their forte. For mothers, this means preventing spinal compression or twisting and helps the mother to get a good night’s sleep and be significantly more comfortable during the day.
What About Chiropractic Care for Infants?
There has been a surprising amount of study and literature published on the subject and it suggests that ongoing treatment throughout a person’s lifetime can prove beneficial, starting at infancy.
Even infants and young children can be passengers in a motor vehicle accident and if this happens to your child it’s likely that your Medical Doctor (MD) will suggest or prescribe chiropractic or osteopathic treatment, regardless of the age of the child.
- Some 3 per cent of children in the U.S. have received chiropractic or osteopathic treatment at least once, according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.
- In a 2000 survey conducted by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) there were 30 million pediatric chiropractic sessions. By 2009, this number had risen to 68 million.
- The NBCE also reported that 17 percent of all chiropractic patients were under the age of 18 and that 7.7 percent of them were under the age of five.
Very young children can benefit from chiropractic treatment especially in cases where one side of the child’s body has grown more quickly than the other. This is can occur in cases where the baby has become lodged in one position in the womb for extended periods, sometimes lasting weeks or even months, causing slower development on one side.
Sports Injuries and Other Impact Incidents: Infant to Teenager
In such cases the first option is immediate Emergency Room (ER) care when warranted, and
X-rays images are often taken for the MD, with a c.c. sent to your child’s regular physician. It can be helpful to request another copy of the images be sent to your child’s Chiropractor at the same time.
Your MD may suggest or prescribe chiropractic or osteopathic treatment for the patient and having the X-rays available ahead of the chiropractic session can help streamline your child’s treatment.
Chiropractic Maintenance Treatment
Like adults, children can benefit from chiropractic maintenance treatments although the amount of pressure applied on the joints is far less than it is for adult patients, and the movements tend to be of very short duration.
Introducing your child to chiropractic treatment early can increase their comfort margin with alternative medical care providers and give your child one more option whenever they need to recover from injury and to help them maintain good spinal health throughout their entire lifetime.