Pediatric Care

Why do my kids need chiropractic?

Chiropractic and kids... why should your children get care from a chiropractor? And why should you choose our Delafield office?

A child encounters many physical stresses during their growing years. The resulting problems in children’s spines can occur at almost any point in their development and growth.

The earliest challenge a growing spine faces is the position it is forced to adopt in utero. Many women will have heard of fetal positions that can cause problems with labor (brow, breech, transverse, posterior, ascynclitic, etc). What is commonly known is that these fetal positions can cause issues in the baby’s spine, as well. Spinal segments can be pushed out of place or jammed by the position of the baby in the womb. If this position is less than optimal, it can result in a longer and more difficult trip through the birth canal, which can compound the spinal problems. In this way, even natural birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and nervous system—not to mention interventions such as induction, forceps, vonteuse suction, or ceasarean section. The latter,which accounts for an alarming amount of US births, while appear to offer a less traumatic birth for the child, can potentially create additional traumas and compromises to the infant’s future health and well-being.

The cause of many newborn health complaints such as colic, reflux, breastfeeding difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions, and chronic ear infections can often be traced to nervous system irritation caused by spinal and cranial misalignment.

Since significant spinal trauma can occur at, or prior to birth, many parents elect to have their newborn’s spine checked right after birth. Many developmental milestones such as learning to hold up the head, sitting upright, crawling, and walking are all activities that are affected by spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a chiropractor. Additionally, falls, sports injuries, playground bumps, heavy school bags and sitting all day in the classroom are all physical stresses to the growing child’s spine and nervous system.

One of the most common reasons for parents to seek chiropractic care for their child is physical trauma from an injury of some sort. The spinal misalignments that may occur at the time of the injury will not necessarily result in immediate pain or symptoms. In addition to physical stress, parents should be aware that emotional and chemical stress affect the child’s nervous system and may also warrant a spinal check up.
Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal dysfunction resulting from these stresses, and chiropractic adjustments may help to enhance future function and well-being.


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How can I tell if my child has spinal problems?

Unless a child has an obvious problem it can be difficult for a parent to recognize when a child’s spine is not working correctly.

These are a few of the common indications of a spinal problems:
  • Disturbed sleeping patterns
  • Complications with breastfeeding
  • Difficulties in the very young
  • Restricted head or neck movement to one side
  • One shoulder higher than the other

Common childhood disorders can also be linked with spinal dysfunction, these include:
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Persistent sore throats and colds
  • Colic/reflux
  • Asthma
  • Scoliosis
  • Headaches
  • Bed wetting and/or constipation
  • Growing pains
  • ADHD