Chiropractic for Children and Babies: FAQ
Why should my Child see a Chiropractor?
A Chiropractor with special interest in pediatrics can help your child heal and reach their developmental milestones naturally. The Chiropractor can address many areas of your child’s health including their spine, limbs and cranium. The chiropractor focuses on improving the communication between the child’s nervous system and the various areas of their developing body. The nervous system is the main controller of the body and controls all of its functions. Your baby goes through incredible physical and neurological changes especially during their first year of life and for optimal growth and development, your child should be checked periodically by your Chiropractor. Common issues that parents see with their child that Chiropractic can help with include: torticollis, colicky baby syndrome, nursing difficulties, poor quality of sleep, constipation, postural issues, growing pains, ear infections, asthma, behavioural issues and sensory processing disorders. When children are under proper Chiropractic care, many parents observe their children’s health improve and watch as they reach their developmental milestones on time. Just like adults, children are faced with many stressors within our environment that may cause misalignments and tension in their bodies. Whether it is from trauma during childbirth as a newborn, the many falls as a toddler, or the sports and backpack strains of youth…Chiropractic care can be help at any age.
How does Chiropractic care help infants with newborn issues like reflux, gas, constipation and colic?
Many infants suffer from reflux, gas and colic and all are specifically prominent in the first 3-6 months of life. Gas and Colic are usually related to one another, and treating the gas and constipation frequently helps ease the colic symptoms. During the 9 months of pregnancy, your baby is used to being nourished from your umbilical cord. Once entering the world and our environment, the baby must slowly develop their own digestive systems and adapt to breastfeeding or formula feeding. If your child has reflux, it is important your child isn’t dehydrated so Chiropractic for these issues is best treated along-side your MD.
How can Chiropractic care help my child have a strong immune system?
Kids get sick and common viruses pass through them quickly as they develop their immune systems. A healthy immune system relies on many different aspects including proper sleep and nutrition, decreased stress levels and good nervous system communication with the body. Chiropractic care can help address all these issues and provide parents with the proper education on how to understand their child’s health.
How can Chiropractic care help my child have better sleep?
When babies are first born the bones that make their cranium haven’t molded together yet. The cranium develops for the first 2 years of a child’s life and it is within this timeframe that the most changes can be made. Even slight misalignments in these bones and their sutures can interfere with many processes including the child’s ability to sleep, behavioural issues, memory and sensory processing disorders. Gas, constipation, headaches and body pains can also effect sleep quality and the child’s ability to have a restful sleep. Releasing the misalignments in your child’s joints and cranium with not only help your child feel and sleep better, but it will also improve their nervous system.
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
A mature skull (also known as the “cranium”) is comprised of 22 bones that come together at various joints known as “sutures”. When infants are first born their cranium is made up of 44 separate boney elements and as the develop, their cranium matures and molds together at various sutures. The first 2 years of a child’s life is most important because this is when the most cranial maturation and development occurs. These cranial bones can become fixated which can put unwanted tension on the nervous system and connective tissue surrounding the skull. A Craniosacral therapy treatment uses gentle mobilizations of the cranial bones to unlock and align the joints of the skull and release any tension from cranial bone misalignments.
What conditions does CranioSacral Therapy address?
- Migraines and headaches
- Chronic pain and chronic pain disorders
- Motor-coordination impairments
- Infant and childhood related disorders
- Chronic fatigue
- TMJ dysfunction or disorder
- Learning disabilities
What are some signs my newborn should see a Chiropractor?
Taking your newborn to a Chiropractor a few weeks after giving birth for a pediatric assessment can help your baby heal from the birth process quickly. If interventions like vacuum extraction, forceps or cesarean were using for your child birth it is highly recommended you take you newborn to a Chiropractor for a check-up.
Some signs your baby may need to see a Chiropractor are:
- your baby looks more to one side or keeps his/her head to only one side
- problems latching on or sucking during breastfeeding
- any flattening in your baby’s head
- presence of colic or gas
- presence of ear infections
- having frequent cold and flu
- having asthma and other allergies
- presence of growing pains
- your baby bears down a lot and shows struggle when having bowel movements
- inconsolable periods of non-stop crying
- hyperactivity and/or any neurodevelopmental disorder
- gastric reflux (when your baby spits up uncontrollably often)
- your baby’s hip joints click when you change his/her diaper
- your baby has sleep difficulties
A newborn check-up can help prevent many future pediatric disorders that could arise. Chiropractic care for newborns can also help assist in their rapid growth and ensure they reach all their developmental milestones. Children respond very quickly to Chiropractic care and most experience improvements within a few treatments. Every child is uniquely different and each treatment program reflects this. However, after your initial visit with Dr. Harmony Mir you will be given a customized plan and know what to expect for your child’s care.
Dr. Harmony Mir has trained in the treatment of newborns and children to be able to properly address their concerns, and have the proper tools and background to provide them the appropriate care. She uses several techniques in practice to help treat this special patient population and they include (but are not limited to):
- Thompson Technique
- CranioSacral Therapy
- Sacro-occipital Technique
- Logan Basic Technique
- Functional Neurology
- Neurosensory Integration
- Myofasial Release Technique (MRT)
- BEST Technique
- And many more tailored to support your child’s specific needs.
By combining these techniques, paired with exercise recommendations and nutritional advice, Dr. Harmony is equipped to provide your children the care they need and deserve. She is very gentle and her personality is both warm and friendly. Your children are in good hands with Dr. Harmony Mir and she is willing go above and beyond to help your families get the customized care they require.
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