More often than not, chiropractors are known for helping with musculoskeletal complaints such as sciatica, back pain, neck pain, etc. The truth is that chiropractors do much more than that. We help to remove the interference that keeps the body from functioning at its best. When this is accomplished, digestion, sleep, energy, respiratory, immune systems all function better.
For this reason, parents generally do not seek chiropractic care for their infants because of the neck or low back pain.
The birthing process may be stressful on the newborn’s spine. Forceps, vacuums, or excessive neck rotation may have been used during the process, in turn misaligning the baby’s spine causing symptoms such as colic, reflux, constipation, diarrhea, irritability, torticollis, restlessness, and more.
Even if no symptoms are present, it is recommended that a wellness check is scheduled to make sure that all segments are in alignment.
FAQ for Pediatric Chiropractic
Q: Why does my newborn need chiropractic care? He/She does not have back pain.
A: Chiropractic is about making sure that your nervous system is working at its best to keep you healthy. When the nervous system is not communicating properly, it may result in back pain; however, it is not the only symptom that you may have. For newborns, some of the symptoms include but are not limited to colic, acid reflux, excessive spit ups, torticollis, chronic fevers, difficulty latching, diarrhea, constipation, stubborn diaper rashes, weak immune system, common cold, and cough.
Q: Will the adjustment hurt my newborn?
A: No. The pressure used to adjust a newborn is the same pressure that you would apply to your eyelids. They may cry after the adjustment, but it is because they are startled and not because they are in pain.
Q: How often does my newborn need to be adjusted?
A: It depends on what the baby is coming in for. If the baby is just coming in for a wellness check up, then the visits may be once a month or once every few months depending on their developmental milestones (sitting, crawling, walking, teething, etc). For more severe cases such as chronic constipation, they may be seen more often at the beginning of care. The goal is always to be able to spread apart the visits as much as possible once the child is responding well to the adjustments. Children have an amazing ability to heal and respond quickly with chiropractic care because they do not have scar tissue that many adults have due to repetitive injury and other stressors to the body.
#didyouknow that children that get adjusted regularly have strong immune systems and do not get sick as often as those without chiropractic care?
Q: What if my newborn is healthy and has no symptoms? Should he/she still be checked and adjusted?
A: Yes. Whether your baby was delivered vaginally or by C-section, delivery can be stressful to the baby. More often than not, vacuums, forceps, excessive pulling and rotation of the neck is used during delivery. Although it may appear that your newborn baby is perfect in every way (which they are! They are a miracle!), the birth stress may have caused a misalignment that is not obvious at first glance. It is always best to check the spine and find nothing (at which no adjustment will be necessary) than to ignore it. Just like it is best to check our teeth BEFORE a tooth falls off because of a cavity.
What Our Patients Say
"The greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it." Dr. Quan has taught us how to heal from the inside out and we have thrived on living a holistic lifestyle. My husband and I started seeing Dr. Quan about 4 years ago. I sought care for TMJ, neck and back pain. My husband also had back pain and stiff neck issues. After being in her consistent care my TMJ vanished and we were amazed how much relief we got from our backs and necks. Our overall health was impeccable, we never got sick. During allergy season I would get sneezing attacks and be stuffed up for days. I'd be desperate for some over the counter pills to survive the day. I can proudly say that I no longer have allergies after being in her care. We learned from Dr. Quan that our immune system is our "greatest medicine" and when our bodies get adjusted it will function up to its optimal ability protecting us from daily viruses, bacteria, and pollutants.
I have two strong, and healthy children which I can attribute to getting adjustments while pregnant. Both pregnancies had no complications and no hip pain. I delivered both babies with ease and cannot thank Dr. Quan enough for helping me align my hips so that delivery was without complication. While earth side, both of my babies got to meet their chiropractor just days after being born. When my son was born, my midwife was concerned that my baby boy had a small fontanel (soft spot) and wanted me to see the pediatrician right away. I voiced my concerns to Dr. Quan and she adjusted him that same night. Instantly, my son's soft spot felt bigger. She released a lot of pressure from his head that was affected during delivery. I saw my midwife the next day and she was very surprised his fontanel opened up and I told her that my amazing chiropractor adjusted him. Her mouth dropped and couldn't believe it. That very same night my son only woke up twice during the night compared to six times the previous night.
We love Heidi, she always greets us with a warm smile and she's one of those people that is approachable, calm and cool. Our little girl loves playing with the toys and tricycle in the waiting room. The accommodations at the office are perfect especaiily the yummy nuts and chocolate. We will continue care from Quan Chiropractic with our children and ourselves because we believe in her holistic, healing hands.