On Sunday just gone I visited a family who had just grown by one. This baby was born less than 24 hours before his first chiropractic check and it was obvious by the birth video I viewed that both Mum and Bub had worked very hard.
Bringing a newborn into the world is a joyous occasion for any family, but it also comes with great responsibility. As parents, we want to ensure the health and well-being of our children from day one. While most people associate chiropractic care with adults, it may come as a surprise that newborns can benefit greatly from a chiropractic checkup and adjustment if needed. In this blog, we will explore the reasons why every newborn should receive this type of care and how it can positively impact their growth and development.
And while we are talking about positive impacts, the whole family benefits from a more settled baby. Especially mum & dad but also siblings who are adjusting to their new family member.
Birth Process and Spinal Misalignments:
The birthing process, although natural, can exert a significant amount of pressure on a baby’s delicate spine and nervous system. During labor and delivery, the baby’s body experiences tremendous forces and compressions, which can sometimes result in spinal misalignments or subluxations. These misalignments, if left unattended, can potentially lead to various health issues as the child grows.
Enhancing Nervous System Function:
The nervous system serves as the communication network within the body, transmitting vital information between the brain and every other part. Any interference or disturbance in this system can affect the overall health and function of the body. Chiropractic adjustments for newborns help eliminate these interferences by ensuring proper alignment of the spine. This, in turn, enhances the nervous system’s function and promotes optimal growth and development.
Addressing Common Infant Conditions:
Newborns commonly experience conditions such as colic, reflux, difficulty breastfeeding, or sleeping troubles. While these issues are often considered normal parts of infancy, they can be caused or exacerbated by spinal misalignments. Chiropractic care aims to correct these misalignments, facilitating better digestion, improved sleep patterns, and overall comfort for the newborn and a better family dynamic.
Promoting Healthy Posture and Movement:
Proper spinal alignment is crucial for the development of healthy posture and movement patterns in infants. By providing gentle adjustments, chiropractors can help newborns achieve their developmental milestones more efficiently. Regular checkups and adjustments throughout early childhood can significantly contribute to the prevention of postural abnormalities or delays in motor skills development.
Strengthening the Immune System:
A strong immune system is vital for a newborn’s health, especially in their early months. Chiropractic care has been shown to enhance immune system function by promoting proper nervous system communication and improving overall body balance. By reducing spinal misalignments, chiropractic adjustments support the body’s ability to fight off infections and provide a foundation for better long-term health.
Preventing Long-Term Health Issues:
Addressing spinal misalignments early on can potentially prevent future health issues. Misalignments can create imbalances in the body, leading to muscular and skeletal problems later in life. By addressing these misalignments from birth, chiropractic care can contribute to a lifetime of optimal health and well-being.
In a world where healthcare often focuses on reactionary measures, it is important to consider proactive approaches that can significantly impact a child’s long-term health. Providing chiropractic checkups and adjustments if needed at birth is an excellent way to give newborns the best start in life. Through gentle and safe techniques, chiropractors can help babies thrive by promoting healthy nervous system function, enhancing immune responses, supporting proper growth and development, and preventing potential health issues. Every newborn deserves the opportunity to grow up strong, healthy, and free from unnecessary discomfort – chiropractic care can help make this a reality.
About the author Hi! I’m Gabby. I’m a chiropractor and I’m on a mission to teach others how to look after their bodies in meaningful ways by making small lifestyle changes that will have a big impact over time. I help people to create peace in their own body. Find me on Facebook and in my practice ‘Buderim Chiropractic’.
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