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Infant Chiropractic Care

Infant Chiropractic Care

Why would an infant or baby need chiropractic care?

You do everything to ensure your baby’s health: during pregnancy you eat right; you avoid drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol (even aspirin has been shown to cause problems in pregnancy); and you take childbirth classes, so you may have a natural, drug-free birth. After the baby arrives, you breastfeed knowing that is the superior form of nutrition; you do everything you can to make sure your baby is healthy—have you ever thought to have their spine checked?

Sadly some newborns have unhealthy spines: The birth process is potentially a traumatic, crippling event—mechanical stress imposed by standard orthodox medical procedures may prove intolerable to the newly born child’s spine.

“With the birth process becoming more and more an intervening process, the chiropractic adjustment becomes even more important to the child’s future.” said the late Dr. Larry Webster of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. “People have to understand that the type of chiropractic adjustment given to an infant and/or baby is very different than one provided to an adult. It is very light and gentle and consists of light pressure.”

When does a baby need a spinal checkup?

According to Dr. Webster, there are six times a baby’s first year of life when spinal examinations are especially important:

  • After the birth process
  • When the baby starts to hold his/her head up
  • When the baby sits up
  • When the baby starts to crawl
  • When the baby starts to stand
  • When the baby starts to walk

Do all you can to give your baby the best possible chance to have a healthy life. That includes childbirth without violence, avoidance of drugs of drugs and medical procedures (except in emergencies), and breastfeeding. You have your baby’s eyes checked, heart checked, ears checked—why not their spine?