There are plenty of benefits of taking your baby to see a chiropractor.
Naturally, when handling infants, chiropractors have a gentle hand, and may help your little one in a few different ways. Whether it’s sleep issues tummy issues or colic, many parents have reported that their babies have found relief after visiting a chiropractor. Chiropractic is safe for newborns within the first few weeks after birth and the benefits are relevant for babies born via C-section or natural birth.
Recovery after birth
The birthing process can be traumatic for both mom and baby and may affect the nerves in the body. Certain nerve problems may arise in your baby after a C-section or natural birth and chiropractic treatment can help to improve this. The gentle manipulations in certain areas of your baby’s body can also help to ease tension and strain.
Colic is described as severe pain in the abdomen caused by wind or obstruction in the intestines. Your chiropractor may use gentle manipulations that can stimulate nerve flow to your baby’s small intestines and increase peristalsis – the wave-like motion of muscles in the gut that pushes liquid and gas through – providing your baby with relief.
Enhanced immune system
Did you know that a healthy spine can benefit the immune system? Studies have shown that with just a few spinal adjustments, the body becomes better at releasing disease-fighting cells to areas of the body where they’re needed the most, giving the immune system a boost. A trip to the chiropractor will, therefore, help to support your baby’s developing immune system.
Treating ear infections
During the birthing process, cervical (neck) vertebrae can become misaligned, disrupting nerve function, which can affect the eustachian tube. This may lead to fluid build-up in the middle ear. Gentle manipulations to the vertebrae of the upper neck assist in dilating the eustachian tube, which helps with the drainage of the middle ear.
Support physical development
There is a lot of change in your baby’s little body in a short amount of time. They really do grow fast! When your baby begins lifting their head the neck curvature forms; when they learn to sit, the lower back curvature forms. Proper alignment is important during these milestones to ensure that your child’s spinal curvatures develop properly.
Being the parent of a newborn is a blessing though it can be hard. From colicky babies to a little one who doesn’t want to sleep – a simple visit to your chiropractor may be just what your little one needs.