You do everything to ensure your baby's health: during pregnancy you eat right, you avoid drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol, take childbirth classes, so you may have a natural, drug-free birth (even aspirin has been shown to cause problems in pregnancy). After the baby arrives, you breast feed, knowing that is the superior form of nutrition, you do everything you can to make sure your baby is healthy -- have you had your baby's spine checked? A chiropractic spinal checkup can ensure a healthier baby, by making sure that the nervous system is free of nerve interference (Subluxation).
Sadly, some newborns have unhealthy spines: "The birth process.., is potentially a traumatic event ...mechanical stress imposed by obstetrical manipulation -- even the application of standard orthodox procedures may prove intolerable to the fetus. The view has been expressed clinically that most signs of neonatal injury observed in the delivery room are neurological...". "With the birth process becoming more and more an intervening procedure...the chiropractic adjustment becomes even more important to a child's future."
In addition to chiropractic research, a medical study (Gutmann), determined that approximately 80% of all children have spinal subluxation. Of a random group of 1,250 babies examined 5 days after birth, 211 suffered from vomiting, hyperactivity and sleeplessness -- spinal abnormalities were found in 95% of this group. Spinal adjustment "frequently resulted in immediate quieting, cessation of crying, muscular relaxation and sleep." The authors noted that an unhealthy spine causes "many clinical features from central motor impairment to lower resistance to infections-especially ear, nose and throat infections." In one case history, an 18 month-old boy suffered from tonsillitis, frequent enteritis, therapy-resistant conjunctivitis, frequent colds and earache and increasing sleeping problems. After the first spinal adjustment the child slept peacefully until morning. His health returned to normal.
The two medical doctors who authored the above mentioned study concluded that a chiropractic spinal checkup "...should be obligatory after every difficult birth" and any spinal stress "should be... adjusted... the success of adjustment overshadows every other type (of care)". In another study, of 1093 newborns checked, 298 had upper cervical subluxation and early signs of Scoliosis. Many studies have given testimony to the power of an infant's natural healing ability when chiropractors released spinal stress.
Babies are very top heavy. Mild to moderate shaking of a child can result in serious neurological damage since their neck muscles are undeveloped. This damage has been known to occur after playfully throwing the child up in the air and catching him/her. The damage caused is called Shaken Baby Syndrome. Not only being shaken or thrown but being spanked can also cause spinal or neurological damage to a child. Any child who has been subjected to this rough behavior desperately needs a chiropractic checkup to prevent possible nerve damage.
There are six times in a baby's first year of life when spinal examinations are especially important:
- After the birth process.
- When the baby starts to hold his/her head up.
- When the baby starts to sit up.
- When the baby starts to crawl.
- When the baby starts to stand.
- When the baby starts to walk
More and more parents are finding that chiropractic spinal checkup's for their children, make a big difference in their
health. Why not include periodic chiropractic spinal checkup for you and your family?
"Chiropractic care for my child? Why? His back doesn't bother him." How often chiropractors have encountered parents who appreciate the importance of regular checkups for their child's teeth, hearing, eyes and ears but draw a blank when it comes to a spinal checkup. In fact, a spinal checkup could be one of the most important checkups your child will ever have. Your child's spine is his/her lifeline because running through it is the spinal cord, containing billions of nerve fibers that send messages and energy from the brain to every part of their body.
If there is blockage of any of the nerves along the spinal cord, any nerve damage at all, then a state of "dis-ease" will develop. Dis-ease, a term that chiropractors and others have long used to describe a state of disharmony in the body, will cause a generalized weakening of your child's body, lowered resistance to disease, and consequent body malfunction and sickness. Tiny fixations and misalignments of the spinal vertebrae that chiropractors call vertebral subluxations usually cause blockage of nerves in the spinal column. How can a child's spine loose its natural alignment? Vertebral subluxations have many possible causes. Injuries to a baby's spine can be caused by a difficult delivery, a breech presentation or simply too much stress on the child's body, such as bumps, bangs or falls.
Childhood is a very "physical" time. Jumping and running, falls and accidents are all part of a normal childhood and yet they can cause spinal misalignments and nerve damage--with serious consequences. It would be wise for all parents to have their childs spine checked.
The most gratifying thing that a doctor of chiropractic sees is the whole family coming in for spinal checkups. It is not unusual for chiropractors to hear stories from patients who say they have more energy, their headaches and menstrual cramps are gone, their children are sick less frequently and severely, and rarely miss days from school.
Correction of vertebral subluxations in children's spines, which reduces postural, nerve and other stresses in their bodies, can have a powerful effect on many aspects of their lives. For decades many parents have noticed positive changes in the physical health, behavioral and emotional states of their children following a chiropractic adjustment. Spinal checkups are vital, more and more families are finding that a periodic chiropractic spinal checkup for their children makes a big difference in their health. Why not include chiropractic spinal checkups for you and your family?