As a chiropractor I am often asked by my patients when they see babies in the clinic “do you treat babies?” the answer is of course yes.
This is followed swiftly by “why would a baby need chiropractic treatment or to see a chiropractor?”
I am able to honestly reply, why would a baby not need a chiropractor, they too have a spine & muscles and joints that are vulnerable to stretch or dysfunction just like an adult. The question probably stems from patients thinking what we do in adult chiropractic treatments we couldn’t possibly do with a baby. This is correct, the baby chiropractic treatment does consists of many of the same ideas, however it is vastly adapted to their frame, size and difference in structure. Very gentle pressure is applied to the spine of the baby (approximately the pressure you could apply to your eyelid) which is aimed at stretching the joints and muscles; thus restoring balance to the spine.
The reasons for treating a baby with chiropractic can range from a parent being education on chiropractic care & they want their baby checked, even if nothing is wrong, through to a baby with a lack of neck movement and resulting flat head. The most common complaint that draws most parents in with their baby to see a chiropractor is colic behaviour. Many health care professionals are aware of the benefits of seeing a chiropractor and are happy to suggest to anxious parents to take their baby to see one. At Lilliput Health in Poole we are happy to offer a free baby check with a chiropractor to see if we can help your baby.
Some of the Babies who saw the chiropractor this week………
Baby J. came in for a lack of neck movement and after three treatments with the chiropractor he can now freely move his head. Often unbeknown to the parents the babies are often leaning off to one side, because they try to compensate for imbalance in their body.
Baby H. had chiropractic for excess wind, which was being drawn in on suckling from gasping. Suck dysfunction can be due to the jaw being tight and because of the close proximity to the neck this may also be problematic. On birth sometimes facial bruising can occur as the face presses onto the pelvis and this may cause uneven pressure on the jaw and pressure on the neck. An indicator for suck dysfunction and neck problems may be the baby having a preference on a breast during feeding.