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At Children’s Sunshine Chiropractic our Doctors have completed post graduate studies in Chiropractic paediatrics for babies and children. They both have over 10 years treating experience and have first hand experience, having children themselves.

Dr Scott Baker  is one of the few chiropractors on the coast who primarily focuses on only  babies and children.

Dr Darcy Brown focuses on adults, pregnant women and also babies/ children.

Both Dr Scott and Darcy have  also completed training in the Webster Technique for pregnant mother’s who’s babies are in the breech or posterior position.

Common conditions in babies include: Colic, Reflux, Flat Head Syndrome,

Breast feeding issues, sleeping issues, delayed crawling/walking,

constipation and irritability.

Very commonly the question is asked:

why a baby would ever need chiropractic care at such a early age?

The simple answer is due to the birth process.

The trauma of birth whether it is a vaginal delivery, caesarean or assisted delivery (forceps, vacuum extraction) for most babies will be the greatest trauma they will encounter in their lifetime. This trauma may cause muscular tightness and or spinal joint fixations (chiropractic subluxation complexes).

Some babies undergo trauma even before birth, due to poor position in the uterus.

Chiropractors have been advocating the importance of checking babies after birth for many years.

Several studies have supported that  musculoskeletal trauma often occurs during the birth process and escapes diagnosis.

Dr. G. Gutmann, a German medical researcher,  discovered that over 80% of the babies he examined shortly after birth were suffering from injury to the neck and had health problems such as colic (1).

Dr. Abraham Towbin, from Harvard Medical School and the Department of Pathology,  found that “the birth process, even under optimal conditions, is potentially a traumatic, crippling event for the fetus.”

Dr Matthew Duncan discovered it took 90 – 140 lbs of pull pressure to produce spinal damage, stating that this amount “is not uncommon in the normal delivery process. “ … these injuries often occur during the birth process, but frequently escape diagnosis” (2).

Dr H Biedermann, a Medical Doctor from Belgium has been advocating the importance of spinal examinations for the newborn for over 40 years. “Birth trauma remains an underpublicised and, therefore, an undertreated problem. Manual treatment of birth trauma injuries to the neuromusculoskeletal system could be beneficial to many babies not now receiving such treatment, and it is well within the means of current practice in chiropractic …” (3)

With all these findings, it makes sense that a baby should be checked by a chiropractor soon after birth to ensure proper alignment of the spine and muscles. Babies that have muscular injury and/or misalignments in the spine may become irritable, favour one side (eventually developing a flat head) or have breastfeeding or sleeping issues due to discomfort/pain.

Common areas of  trauma following birth include the neck, shoulder or the lowback (sacrum). Larger babies are more prone to shoulder injury as the shoulders are the widest part of the body. A shoulder may become stuck on the pelvis,  known as shoulder dystocia.  Low back problems (sacrum) are common particularly if the labour is either long,  quick with hard and fast contractions or following  induction. The mother’s uterus contracts down on the babies back with a pumping action to push the baby through the cervix. If the babies head is not positioned correctly on the cervix (extended or off to the side) then neck trauma will occur.  Should assisted techniques such as forceps or vacuum extraction be necessary then musculoskeletal  trauma is more  likely to occur.

In over 10 years of examining babies , Dr Scott or Dr Darcy have never found a baby without some type of musculoskeletal problem following a forceps or vacuum extraction delivery.

Musculoskeletal problems may be caused by the birth process or a fall (off the bed, change table, couch or when learning to walk) .  It is the authors experience that many musculoskeletal problems ,  continue to childhood (presenting as headaches, neck or back pain) and then onto adulthood if left untreated.

The earlier a baby can be checked, the earlier problems can be located and corrected. Often mothers comment that they  knew something was not right with their baby and wish they  had visited a chiropractor earlier , instead of trying to wait for their baby to grow out of the problem.

If you think your baby has a problem, remember mother’s intuition is usually correct. Have your baby checked by a chiropractor . Like many parents have found, it may make parenting a much more enjoyable experience.

Ten Reasons Parents Take Their Babies and Children To See A Chiropractor:

1. To maximise their child’s brain and nerve development.
2. To enhance their child’s health and well-being
3. To strengthen immunity and reduce the incidence of colds, earaches and general illness
4. To help with Colic and Irritability Baby Syndrome
5. To help with Breathing difficulties and allergies
6. To improve spinal posture
7. To improve their child’s ability to concentrate
8. To assist with behavioural disorders and offer greater emotional well -being
9. To help alleviate bed wetting and digestive disorders
10. To assist with sleep issues

J.Floreani, 2009. Well Adjusted Babies. P.510

 

 

 

(1)Gutmann G. Blocked Atlantal Nerve Syndrome in Babies and Infants. Manuelle Medizin. 1987;25:5-10.

(2) Towbin A. Latent spinal cord and brain stem injury in newborn infants. Dev Med Child Neurol 1969;11:54-68

(3) Biedermann, H. “Manual therapy in the newborn and infants”.The Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine, no.1 17  1995 Pages: 2-9

 

 

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