Children

Parents often ask why a newborn baby should be checked by a chiropractor. One of the main reasons is to assess if there is any residual trauma from the birth process. There are many factors influencing birth trauma such as a very long or very short labour, failure of the cervix to dilate, the use of ventousse (vacuum) or forceps, caesarean section, cord around the baby’s neck, foetal distress or undesirable positioning within the uterus or birth canal. 65% of neurological development occurs in your child’s first year of life.

In addition to the physical stress of birth, children often endure knocks, bumps and falls as they develop and grow.

On average, a child aged seven will have approximately 2500 falls, and before aged 3 will have three major falls from such things as change tables, cots or down a flight of stairs. It is also estimated that approximately 47.9% of children will fall on their head within their first year of life.
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As Chiropractors, we assess: ⠀

  • Neck movement, spinal or dural tension which may interfere with feeding on a particular side or result in fussiness at the breast. ⠀
  • Cranial and oral function which may affect sucking or latching. ⠀
  • We check shoulders and hips as these joints can also have a stressful time during the birthing process. ⠀

Chiropractic adjustments for babies and children differ significantly from those performed on adults. Often the chiropractor will use light fingertip pressure. Older children may be adjusted with a tool called an activator (a small handheld instrument) to help adjust the spine.

Children are extremely resilient and may respond exceptionally well with the correct treatment.

 

References

Fryman VM, Springall P. Effects of Osteopathic Medical Management on Neurologic Development in Children. JAOA. 1992;92:729

Del Rosso J. (2004) Boosting Immunity Through Chiropractic [Online].

 

We are excited to have you as a patient at Sims & Finn Chiropractic

Our goal is to assess you thoroughly to determine if you have a structural shift in your spine causing secondary condition (symptoms).
We then explain and provide you with care options. We customise a plan of care for you, taking into consideration your age, health and lifestyle factors.
Once we have worked together to create the necessary health improvements, we will assist you in choices to maintain the corrections you have achieved.

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