You’ve been blessed with a wonderful new baby. Congratulations!
The baby is eating like a champ and sleeping like there’s no tomorrow and you are enjoying your time as a new family. Your baby’s height and weight were “average” as indicated by the early child development chart in the hospital. You look forward to your upcoming appointment with your baby’s new pediatrician.
How much have they grown? They probably gained at least a pound or two. They seem to be flourishing from your estimates from looking at the thousands of checklist of early child development you’ve found. Your optimism is slowly deflated and then worry creeps in when the doctor says your new baby has fallen below the “average” line on his charts. “We’ll monitor it right now, but I want to see them in 2 weeks.” Gosh, you thought you were doing everything right, now you second guess everything and compare your baby to the ones you see at the mall, your friend’s new baby, pictures in books and the web. You worry about everything.
Deep Breath...As long as your child can turn their head back and forth, follows your voice with their eyes or stops what they are doing at the sound of your voice, looks at the person talking to them, can hold a rattle, and/or coos at you in that wonderful voice of theirs, there shouldn’t be much to worry about. Now, if the child seems to always look at the person on the left but never on the right… then there could definitely be a problem.
That is where a pediatric chiropractor can be a life-saver. What may seem like a minor issue to your child now can lead to a whole host of issues down the road; colic, ear infections, colitis, autism, ADHD, colitis, scoliosis, headaches, leg cramps and many other conditions which are all the result of, Birth. We’ve all been through it!
What your baby has is a vertebral subluxation in the top part of their neck which is not allowing them to turn their head. It’s as simple as that, but only a chiropractor can remove the subluxation. Have you been wondering about that bald spot on the back of their head, or why they feed really well on the right side of your breast but not on the left? The same reasons hold true, your child can’t turn their head because they are subluxated.
How did it happen, I’ve been so careful…Imagine being squeezed through a 10 centimeter opening. Someone grabs onto your head and pulls on it with 140 pounds of force. Or maybe some cold forceps are used, or a loud vacuum. Heck, throw in a Caesarean for good measure. Either way that baby comes out the stress of delivery can have an enormous effect on the function and alignment of a baby’s delicate vertebrae, nerves and spinal cord, possibly causing a host of health problems if the nervous system doesn’t function properly.
Chiropractic care benefits all aspects of your body’s ability to be healthy. This is accomplished by working with the nervous system – the conduit of internal intelligence between your brain and body. Chiropractors work to correct subluxations, the misalignments of the individual spinal bones. When subluxated, these vertebrae put pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerves, causing malfunction inparts of the body.
News Flash! Those charts are just that, Charts. Used for a comparison for “average” babies. Whoever wants just an average baby…? I don’t. We just want a healthy child whose body is functioning properly. And if your gut feeling is telling you that your baby is just fine; then go with it. You’ll know if something’s just not right, and then a trip to a pediatric chiropractor could make the biggest difference in the world.