When you think about the benefits of chiropractic care, you probably don’t think about babies. But in many cases, a chiropractic check up can be just what an infant needs to eat or sleep better. During the birthing process, babies’ neck and back vertebrae can become misaligned as they are stretched and pushed out of the mother’s body. According to Chiropractic America, deliveries with extended “pushing” periods, as well as those assisted with forceps, are more likely to result in misalignments. In severe cases, these misalignments can affect the baby’s bodily systems, including the digestive system. Babies may not be able to digest breast milk or formula correctly, resulting in colic. Studies show that babies treated through chiropractic care experience fewer symptoms of colic and cry less frequently. In addition, chiropractic care can help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, earaches, and other serious conditions. Look for these signs in your infant to determine whether he could benefit from chiropractic care:
- Difficulty sleeping on his back;
- Arching of the spine;
- Sensitivity when touched on his neck or the back of his head;
If you notice any of these indicators, schedule an appointment with a chiropractor through your True Care Advantage plan. He or she will evaluate your infant to decide if misalignments are present, and if chiropractic care would improve his overall well-being. This kind of treatment can benefit your child for years to come.