Even under the best conditions, birthing can be difficult for the infant who has spent nine months cradled in the dark, warm womb. It is very important to have your infant checked by a chiropractor shortly after his or her birth to be certain that there is not any nerve interference or spinal problems.
Birth is a natural phenomenon that should not be viewed or treated as a medical condition. However, even under normal conditions the birth process is potentially traumatic. Pressure, tension and twisting affect the spine, cranial bones, muscular, nervous and skeletal systems of the new born. During a normal delivery, a pressure of 20kg is applied to the skull and vertebrae of the child. If medical interventions such as forceps or Caesarean section are utilized up to 40kg of pressure may be applied.
Vertebral subluxations are easily created by excessive and forceful extension of the infants head. Various symptoms such as colic, respiratory distress, fever, earache and a lowered resistance may be manifested in a young child due to abnormal body function caused by subluxations.
A baby’s spine lengthens by 50% by the time they reach one year old! At no other time does this growth happen so rapidly. Chiropractic care helps make sure your baby is in proper alignment ensuring proper symmetrical growth.
One of the greatest gifts you can give your newborn is a complete spinal examination by a doctor of chiropractic. Chiropractors feel strongly that the entire family can benefit by having spinal checkups. The children who have been under regular chiropractic care are sick less often and less severely. They rarely miss days from school. Recent studies have also shown that they have fewer emotional and learning disabilities and other neurological problems connected with childhood. In 1989, a study compared the patients of two hundred paediatricians with two hundred children who had been under the care of chiropractors. Not only was the overall health of the chiropractic children superior to those who had known only medical treatment but they also had fewer ear infections, fewer allergies, lower incidence of tonsillitis and less need to be given antibiotic therapy.