While hands-on spinal manipulation or adjusting may seem too intense for infants, it’s actually quite safe. Chiropractors take special care and precautions with babies, and many have found proper chiropractic care can help infants grow more healthfully and even reduce the likelihood of colic and middle ear infections.
In fact, chiropractic care is sometimes used to help kids and babies who suffer from colic, as well as pain, sleep problems, and musculoskeletal concerns. Chiropractic care can also be preventive. As children are very active, there can be a great deal of stress placed on certain parts of the body. Regular chiropractic appointments can help ensure a properly aligned spine as the child grows, resulting in better functioning and less risk of injury.
It is important to understand the difference between a chiropractor and an allopathic doctor. Allopathic doctors may prescribe medicine for viral and bacterial infections, for example. While there is a time and place for medicine, Chiropractic focuses on the removing stress and interference to the natural recuperative ability in the body is usually best for musculoskeletal problems, as chiropractors are specialists in the musculoskeletal system.
Chiropractors are essential when you want to avoid drugs or surgery, as they are committed to medication-free, surgery-free treatments.
Just as with allopathic doctors, the quality of care may vary and you need to ask around for a qualified and well-respected practitioner.
Have an interview or consultation with the chiropractor (we happily do these at no charge!) before bringing your child in for treatment, and see how comfortable you are with him or her. Don’t be afraid to move on to another practitioner if you are not completely comfortable.
[box]It’s best to find a chiropractor familiar with children to care for your child. Ask for referrals from friends and family. You may be surprised at how many of your friends bring their kids to a chiropractor![/box]
Your pediatrician, local hospital or the Internet may be able to help you find a chiropractor familiar with child and infant care. Don’t worry about asking your pediatrician for a referral; both chiropractors and medical doctors are used to working together with other health professionals to ensure your child gets the best care and treatment possible. In fact, the best health care professionals available are the ones that are willing to work together with others, and who don’t disparage other kinds of care. Take the time you need to select the best team of professionals to meet your child’s or infant’s particular needs.