Irritation to a young person's nervous system can begin in utero. The baby's position during delivery (natural or cesarean) can create stress on their nervous system. Even a "normal, healthy" birth can induce 40-50 pounds of pressure on a newborn's neck and spine.
Dr. Carrie Getzmier, chair of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association Communications Committee says "gentle chiropractic care not only removes this nerve interference, but also stimulates the immune system, enhancing the child's overall health."
Ear infections, colic, sleep disturbances, tilted head position, difficulty breast-feeding, reflux and constipation or diarrhea are all symptoms parents should watch for, explained Dr. Getzmier.
Bumps and falls can also create joint dysfunction and nerve irritation to a young person during the developmental years. These may present as:
- Growing pains
- Osgood-Schlatter's (Jumper's knee)
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating or staying focused
- Stomach aches, heartburn, or indigestion
- Sports injuries
- Skin Disorders
A variety of care approaches should be considered to enhance your child's health and well-being. Dr. Getzmier adds that "parents should also consider wellness evaluations that look at nutrition and exercise as fun ways to be healthy and have energy."
Minnesota Chiropractic Association