Does Your Child Need To Be Examined By a Pediatric Chiropractic Specialist?

 

Health issues that affect babies may follow them as they grow into adulthood. Although many hope that children will "grow out” of a problem, due to the body’s amazing ability to adapt, underlying issues are likely to create compensations that cover up the original concern. These compensations accumulate as the child develops and affects their health throughout their lifetime.

PRENATAL/BIRTH:

  • Maternal health issues, pelvic misalignment, poor diet or other challenges
  • Intrauterine constraint: (baby positioned breech, transverse, or oblique)
  • Difficult, prolonged or precipitous (fast) labor
  • Rotation and/or traction of the head, neck or shoulders during vaginal delivery by use of hands, forceps or vacuum extraction methods and pelvis, head and shoulders in a C-section delivery
  • Birth traumas such as shoulder dystocia, injuries to skull, fracture of clavicle or other bones, injury to spine or spinal cord, brachial plexus palsies, facial or other nerves

BABY/TODDLER:

  • Any of the above prenatal or birth concerns
  • Feeding issues: arching the neck or body, difficulty turning head to nurse, opening jaw, or “ratchety” type movements with frequent unlatching at the breast or when turned to nurse at a bottle
  • Persistent postural habits or repetitively returning to a preferred position
  • Only being able to nurse easily on one side only or wanting to be held in a certain favored position
  • Asymmetries of the cranial or facial bones
  • Delayed or skipped milestones
  • Persistent newborn reflexes
  • Child has spent significant amount of time in inappropriate (“crotch-dangling”) carriers or in one position such as in some slinging methods
  • Significant amounts of time spent in car seats, swings, strollers and the like

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  • Difficulty holding up or turning their head and intense dislike or distress during “tummy time”
  • Rolling over only to one side
  • Hip dysplasia, club foot or other joint issues
  • Trauma: falls off of changing tables, beds, quick jerks or stops (pushes and pulls by older siblings), car accidents; even fender benders.
  • Colicky symptoms
  • Earaches and/or frequent ear infections
  • Decreased immune system, allergies, asthma or difficulty breathing
  • Digestive troubles: gastric reflux, constipation, diarrhea, frequent or forceful spitting up or vomiting, distention of stomach or bowel, painful gas
  • Use of jumpers, walkers, exercise saucers, bouncy seats, swings, upright seats or other devices before the baby is naturally able to support themselves in those positions
  • Clumsiness, one foot that is positioned more outwardly than the other, and/or gait abnormalities

Because of the rapid rate of growth and adaptation, the health of the nervous system in the first year of life will determine the health of the child for the rest of their life. Get your baby’s spine checked regularly during the first year to detect and correct any spine or joint issues.

“Well-child” chiropractic visits should occur at the same time your baby goes in for their “well-child” pediatrician visits and when certain physical milestones are reached: holding up the head, rolling over, sitting with support, sitting without support,getting on hands and knees, crawling, pulling to standing, walking and running. A visit to the chiropractor is also called for if a child is delayed, skips or does not reach a milestone.

ADOLESCENT:

  • Any of the above prenatal, birth, baby or toddler concerns
  • Quick growth spurts which change posture quickly or cause “growing pains”
  • Ears, shoulders, pelvis or leg unevenness
  • Slouching
  • Computer/gaming/texting habits that bring the head forward and/or down
  • Heavy backpacks (more than 10-15% of their body weight) or backpacks which are improperly used (should be snug to the body and both straps across the shoulders)
  • Developmental delays, behavioral issues, special needs
  • Bed wetting
  • Painful menses
  • Sports injuries or repetitive motion traumas
  • One shoulder or hip higher than the other
  • Uneven head tilt
  • Ability to bend head to one side more than other
  • Uneven rib cage or scapula “winging” evident when child is bent over touching their toes
  • Unevenly worn shoes
  • Physically inactive
  • Sitting too long, especially in front of a computer, video game or at school, especially without proper ergonomics

Make sure you address your family's health concerns early before they turn into lifelong consequences. Call Shannon, our Front Desk Chiropractic Assistant at 562-3060 to schedule your appointment!

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