Friday, November 13, 2009

Colic Anyone?

If you are at your wits end with a colicky baby and other forms of treatment don't seem to be helping very much, you may want to investigate bringing your baby in for a chiropractic checkup.

As your child is being born, the vertebrae in the neck and back can become misalignmened due to the stretching and compressing of the body as it emerges into the world.

If your delivery included a prolonged pushing stage, forceps or vacuum extraction, or other form of ‘assisted delivery’, the chances of a misalignment are even greater.

If the misalignments in the spine and neck (called vertebral subluxations) are big enough, the functioning of major systems in the babies’ body can be compromised.

The digestive system can be affected and ineffective digestion of breast milk can cause major discomfort in your baby, leading to episodes of ‘colic’.

Many parents are wary of taking their small, helpless babies to see a chiropractor. The main reason being the "Snap, Crackle and Pop" stereotype that chiropractic invokes.

In actuality, the adjustments that a chiropractor will do on your baby are basically applying gentle pressure with the finger to areas on the neck and back, like a small nudge on the forearm.

Here’s what you’ll probably see. your baby may totally relax before your eyes as the misalignments are corrected. Imagine you had a bad headache, your neck was tighter than a drum and you could hardly turn your head, wouldn’t you be a little cranky?

Your child is no different. The only real difference is they can’t tell you through speech, they do it by their actions.

As with selecting any health care provider, you need to ask questions first. Chiropractic care can be very valuable in helping to calm the ‘colic’ tendencies. If you want your baby to be the best he or she can be, don’t you think it’s time you helped them help them selves by getting them checked?

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