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Can Babies Go to the Chiropractor?

Wondering if your baby can go to the chiropractor? Yes--there are so many benefits! We're sharing answered to FAQs on baby chiropractic care.

Published October 18, 2017 Opinion

by Alayna Pagnani-Gendron

Pregnancy and Pediatric Chiropractor D.C., CACCP
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Babies can go to the chiropractor? Shocking to many! But this is one of the best things you can do for your little one.

Why do babies need chiropractic adjustments?

Babies and children benefit from adjustments. Birth can be a traumatic experience on a newborn’s body. They are pulled, torqued, squeezed, and twisted—all of which are normal but can also affect the alignment of their spine. As children get older and learn how to walk, they are constantly falling. Then when they become older, children are active and play sports. All of these things can cause misalignments in their spine or chiropractic “subluxations.”

Correcting the misalignments or subluxations allows the child to express life and develop at their full potential.

How do I know if my child needs an adjustment?

A pediatric chiropractor should check every newborn. The best time to get checked is immediately after birth to ensure proper development from day one. Another good time to get your child checked is if they have any health concerns such as pain, torticollis, colic, reflux, latch or breastfeeding issues, sleeping issues, irritability, frequent infections, etc.

What are the benefits of adjustments?

Adjustments help to reduce nerve interference. They help increase immunity and digestive function and increase blood flow, especially to the developing brain. Adjustments also help to restore proper growth and development.

How do babies get adjusted, and is it safe?

Pediatric adjustments are safe, very gentle, and specific. The doctor uses as much pressure as you would test a ripe tomato. The adjustments do not hurt, and most children seem happy and relaxed during and after their adjustment.

How can adjustments help my child?

The number one thing parents report after their child gets adjusted is improved sleep. Parents also report improved behavior and attitude as well as improved immune system function. Chiropractic adjustments may help to decrease colic symptoms, breastfeeding issues including latch problems, reflux, sleep, ear infections, torticollis, plagiocephaly or flat head syndrome, growing pains, and much more.

I encourage parents to bring their child in to get checked by a chiropractor.

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Dr. Alayna E. Pagnani-Gendron graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Family Studies and Pre-med. Dr. Pagnani-Gendron then continued her education at Texas… Read more

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