Chiropractic Care for Children

Mother and Baby

Many consider chiropractic care as a practice that may benefit some adults with chronic back pain, but fail to consider the far-reaching benefits of chiropractic for adults and children alike.  There are several reasons to seek out the care of a chiropractor for your child that may help facilitate healing and encourage wellness.

Below, we’ve shared some conditions where chiropractic care can be especially beneficial for children:

  •  Consider a newborn adjustment within the first couple months of life.  Even a normal, healthy and unassisted birth is physically stressful for the infant.  Sometimes a gentle adjustment can help alleviate pinched nerves, realign a spine or relieve general discomfort as a result of the birth process.  A trained chiropractors gentle adjustment may just ease the transition from womb to world.
  • Ear infections are the most common reason that parents seek out chiropractic care for children. The eustachian tube of infants is horizontal, allowing bacteria to more easily build up in this area and become infected.  Since it is difficult for fluid to drain properly from a horizontal area, this often results in recurring ear infections and fluid build up.  The most common treatment for infant ear infections is antibiotics.  This course of action will clear the infection, but often fail to clear the fluid, resulting in a high likelihood of recurrence.  Chiropractors often have high success rates in encouraging proper ear drainage and thus stopping the cycle of persistent ear infections.
  • A colicky baby can receive great comfort from a trip to the chiropractor.  Since colic remains a bit of a mystery, there is no one fit solution. However, chiropractic adjustments have been found to be very successful.  Colic symptoms often appear to be linked to feeding and difficult digestion in babies.  The correction of vertebral subluxations can help eliminate many of the symptoms of colic.
  • Nighttime bed wetting can be embarrassing and frustrating for parents and children.  It can be difficult to know the best course of action when trying to train a child to stay dry at night.  A chiropractor can often help.  Sometimes bed wetting is caused by a nerve pushing against the bladder. With skilled chiropractic adjustment, dry nights may be in the very near future.
  • If you think about it, babies and children run, jump, climb, play, trip, tumble and fall significantly more frequently than most adults.  Making a trip to a chiropractor part of your family’s wellness routine can help alleviate the aches and pains of life as well as prevent more serious injury from developing.

Finding a good match between your family and a chiropractor can be difficult and intimidating.  Take time to do your research, check certifications, ask for references and set up meetings.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about how chiropractic care can benefit your family’s well-being.