How Chiropractic Care Can Help Your Baby’s Digestion Issues
It is understandable that just about anything can send a new parent into a panic when it comes to the health of their newborn. Constipation and digestive issues are no exception. There are not very many treatment options for children under the age of one, and many parents avoid medications at this age even when given the “OK” from their pediatrician.
The good news? There is one highly successful option for infants: chiropractic care. Here at Harmony Chiropractic and Wellness Clinic in Kelowna, Dr. Harmony specializes in pediatric chiropractic care and would love the opportunity to treat your newborn.
Should I be nervous about taking my newborn to see a chiropractor?
Absolutely not. While this is a very normal and common reaction, infant chiropractic adjustments are so gentle you really have nothing to worry about. Children and babies do not require the same type of chiropractic adjustments as adults. So, you can clear that image you have in your head of a forceful spinal manipulation on your newborn and rest assured your baby will be in gentle, capable hands. When working with babies and children, chiropractors utilize very gentle and subtle movements that resemble stretching and massaging as opposed to abrupt adjustments.
What are the signs my newborn is experiencing digestive issues?
Your newborn’s ability to eat and digest food is essential to their growth and development. Difficulty in these areas can be a temporary adjustment or a sign of a more serious problem. The following symptoms may indicate your baby is having some digestive issues:
- Spitting up and dribbling milk is common among newborns; however, forceful vomiting or spitting up large amounts of milk after most feedings can indicate a problem.
- Reflux occurs when stomach contents back up into the esophagus. Most cases of reflux disappear once your baby is between 4 and 12 months old. However, if your baby has frequent hiccups, poor feeding habits, or congestion and breathing problems, it is time to consult a doctor.
- Watery bowel movements and diarrhea in a newborn can quickly lead to severe dehydration and should be treated immediately.
- Constipation, or hard stool, is a common problem, particularly after a baby’s first birthday when their diet is changing. If they are having frequent firm and dry stools or are having difficulty passing them, there is a deeper issue at hand.
How can I be sure that my baby is suffering from digestive issues and isn’t just fussy?
Your baby might be suffering from colic, defined as prolonged, comfortless crying in an infant who is otherwise well that can last days or even weeks. The line between colic and fussiness is not always clear nor is it a clear cut diagnosis. The cause of colic remains unclear, although many believe it is caused by belly cramps or gas. What we can tell you for sure is that babies feel better when their bones are aligned which can lead to relief of colic symptoms. Chiropractic care has yielded some of the best results in the game, with 94% of colicky babies showing improvement with chiropractic adjustments.
How does chiropractic care work for newborn digestive issues?
The gentle and subtle movements the chiropractor performs on your newborn might not look like much, but you’d be surprised to know how much is going on underneath their fingertips. They are gently adjusting the spine to relieve pressure on pinched or shifted nerves. These nerves that were once blocked from communicating and relaying signals to the rest of the body can begin to function properly after an adjustment.
At Harmony Chiropractic and Wellness Clinic in Kelowna, Dr. Harmony is a chiropractor that specializes in pediatric chiropractic care. She truly loves working with babies and children, and values your trust as a parent during these treatments. Your baby’s health and happiness is her number one priority and she would be honoured to be a part of their journey.
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