Chiropractic for Babies

Updated on November 26, 2009
A.C. asks from Union Point, GA
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Just wondering if anyone has ever taken their baby to a chiropractor. My husband goes to one once a month and one of the girls that works their was asking about our baby and how she was doing. He said she had been fussy a lot lately and the girl said that the chiropractor can help with babies who are fussy. She is 7 months old and thier is nothing medically wrong with her. She is just really grouchy all day and has started waking up at night some. I have taken her to the pediatrician several times to have her ears checked and they are fine. They suspect teething which makes sense. Anyway, I just wanted some opinions about taking babies to a chiropractor. I believe in them and have been myself, I just don't know anybody who has ever taken a baby before.

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My husband and I took our baby for the first time today and the whole experience made me uncomfortable. The doctor never explained what he was going to do and she started crying the minute he touched her to examine her. When he did the adjustment she started crying like she was in pain and everthing in me was screaming to tell him to stop. I wish I had but I let him finish. She was crying very hard by the time he was done. She had been happy and smiling before he adjusted her. I think the adjustment hurt her. He did the normal adjustment like you would do on an adult, twisting her hips and "snatching her neck" and then held her under her armpits and kind of jostled her hard or something. I don't know if this is normal on babies or not as I have never seen one adjusted before. I will not be taking her back. Luckily she is fine now and it is behind us but I will listen to my motherly instinct from now on and not let ANYBODY do ANYTHING to my children that I am not comfortable with. I feel sick to my stomache that I put her through that. The chiropractor has helped me with back issues before and helps my husband but we are old enough to tell him when it hurts or something doesn't feel right. I guess she was, I just didn't listen.

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S.M.

answers from Atlanta on

I am not a chiropractor but I studied it and worked in three offices, participated in the research department, and witnessed countless babies adjusted. What I have experienced has only been supportive! My daughter is 4 and has been adjusted since birth. She is a very centered, happy and athletic child.
Thank goodness for this field because many people have been able to live a better life with more ease in their bodies!
I say absolutely! You will likely be grateful!

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L.A.

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I had never considered chiropractic care for my son until we were in two car accidents back to back, this time last year. Since then, I have learned that not only is it NOT bad for them, but helpful. To each his/her own; some swear by chiropractic care, some swear it off, and some have no opinion.

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C.J.

answers from San Diego on

NO if ther's nothing wrong don't' do it. If you do you'll have to keep doing it for the rest of her life and it just messes her up anyway. chiropractor pop your joints and cause arthritis just like popping your knuckles they will get fat and later in life hurt when it is cold.If you are going to take her anywhere take her to a physical therapist that works with children you might have to wait a couple more months till she can sit completly on her own and stuff but it will be alot better then taking her and messing her up at the chiropractor. physical therapist work with your body to put you back into place if your out of alignment they just use your body to fix you they dont pop your joint so later in life you have arthritis.

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C.G.

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I took my baby to a chiropractor when she was a newborn. She was extremely fussy and it did seem to help quite a bit. I saw a chiropractor regularly in pregnancy and it was very helpful.

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R.D.

answers from Atlanta on

I have never been to a chiropractor but.... I worked for one for a short period and I learned that once you start going you really can't stop - which concerned me. The dr. wanted to adjust my back (eventhough I didn't have any issues) but one of the nurses told me if I wanted to keep going I could do that but she didn't recommend. I put in my resignation soon after that. :-)

So.. the summary of the story is there are probably some really good ones out there but just like other doctors, there are some not so good ones. I have always had a bad taste in my mouth about chiropractors but I know many people who say they are awesome and couldn't live without them. It does seem like they have to go pretty frequently.

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H.W.

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Absolutely! I take all of my children (4, 2, and 5 months) and my middle daughter was about 2 months old when she first started going. She had torticollis (you can google if you aren't sure what it is) and everything I read said this would require months of "extensive physical therapy" to correct this condition. Within 2-3 visits at the chiropractor, she was totally better. My oldest daughter had lots of ear infections from the time she was a baby until 2 (when she started going to the chiropractor). She hasn't had one since. My youngest went for the first time when he was about a week old. I totally trust my chiropractor and have seen the results in my children. Now they only go for maintenance once a month. They have very good immune systems and rarely get sick. The chiropractor I see specializes in pediatric care. If you feel more comfortable seeing one who deals frequently with children, let me know and I'll get you his contact info. I believe that chiropractic care is an excellent choice when there is a problem, but also for preventative care as well.

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C.J.

answers from Atlanta on

I took my kids as soon after they were born as I could. The trip through the birth canal and out into the world can start them off with their neck out of alignment. Chiropractic is one of the best preventative measures you can take with your body regardless of age.
If it were me, I would try it and many other holistic approaches before anything invasive (medication, etc.). Food allergies to something they are drinking or eating can also cause fussiness even if you are breast feeding. My kids all have multiple allergies, and I had to be careful what I ate while nursing and start them on solid foods later and very slowly, etc. Cow's milk is one of the big ones on the list of things that can cause abdominal distress for babies and kids due to sensitivity. If you feel nervous about taking your infant for an adjustment, you could try an ellimination approach first and remove all dairy from your diet (if nursing) and hers for a few weeks and see what happens. Best wishes!

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M.H.

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Hi A.,

Chiropractic care is wonderful for an infant. The first subluxation anyone ever receives is coming out of the womb. My second daughter didn't get to see her new home until we had visited our chiropractor. Anyone who thinks they are just back crackers are not educated. Chiropractic care keeps a spinal column, the center of our ENTIRE nervous system, working properly. That means it helps our immune system which prevents major diseases. If you had a short in your computer, you'd get it repaired. The spinal column is the electrical center to our body. A fussy baby is a sign of something wrong.....

I do seminars on cancer prevention, heart disease prevention, prevention of neurological disorders like ADD, ADHD, Asperger's, Alzheimer's and Autism and weight loss/control. All of these issues, including many more, stem from the same problems in our culture. After going over documented facts, the three things I preach are proper nutrition, removal of synthetic chemicals from you life and chiropractic care. I feel better now at 51 than I did at 30, even 20, and it's because I now understand how the body works together as one entity, not a series of different parts that have nothing to do with each other.

If you don't have a chiropractor that you feel comfortable with, I go to a chiropractor in Stockbridge that is the largest pediatric group in the state. I don't know what your financial situation is but if you give them my name they will give you your consult free, sometimes they even throw in the xrays to help a friend of mine. Just let me know....

God bless,

M.
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B.S.

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I have 2 girls - 3yrs and 5 mos - both go to the chiropractor with us. My 3 year old loves it. When our youngest was almost 2 mos old and still very fussy, we were at the chiropractors and she asked how the baby was doing. We told her she was fussy and she said can I check her...we said sure. In 2 days she was sleeping through the night. The first night after was not so pleasant though and we thought "what did she do". But after that all was good. Now, our chiropractor is a VERY good friend of mine. We have known each other since we were 7 - so I completely trust her. Her dad was my chiropractor before she began practicing. My husband was holding our daughter and the chiro just checked her spine (moving her fingers down her back). Its minor at that age because they are mostly cartlidge and their bones are so soft. My 3yr old now gets on the table and does more with the adjustment. "Knock on wood" we have never had any major illnesses, ear infections, etc with our children (minor cold and sneezes - but that's it!), and I can't help but think that is a contributing component. So, I would say go for it!

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A.B.

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A.,

I have taken my daughter (age 2 now) to a chiropracter since she was 1 month old and believe it has made a positive impact on her. I can tell when she needs an adjustment because she is cranky and doesn't nap well. I know lots of families who utilize chiropracters for their children and infants. It definitely won't hurt anything and I believe will help her alot. I just read the response by another mom on here and it was one of the most ignorant comments I have ever read. Please do your own research and make the decision for yourself.

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B.B.

answers from Atlanta on

HI A.,
I strongly reccomend Chiropractic care for babies. It is a very gentle adjustment. I have taken my 2 boys for years. It is very common if her spine is out of allignment that it could be the cause her discomfort and creating the fussiness. Not sure where you live but we see Dr. Eric @ Healthsprout in Woodstock. He is a very gifted Dr. and see's 100's of children often right after delivery. He is always happy to answer questions you can email him @ [email protected]____.com
Good Luck,
B.

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D.L.

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Yes, I have taken my babies to a chiropractor.

My story about chiropractors: I thought they were quacks. Would never have considered going to one. But I was in a bad auto accident when I was in high school. And, although I was not seriously injured, I began having headaches. Frequent, severe headaches. By the time I was in my late twenties, they had become classic migraine headaches, complete with flashing lights in my vision. When I was thirty, I was in another bad car wreck. Again I wasn't seriously injured, but my headaches were suddenly much, much more frequent and more severe.

I had seen doctor, after doctor, after doctor about my headaches. At that point we had three small children and I could not be the patient mother I wanted to be and deal with constant migraine headaches.

I prayed about it, and made an appointment with a new, highly recommended neurologist. He told me that was little I could do about my migraines, except live with them.

I had a friend who kept telling me I needed to see a chiropractor. When the neurologist offered me so little hope, I thought, Why not? What have I got to lose?

I saw the chiropractor and he adjusted my back. And for 45 minutes I was completely free of a headache. I hadn't felt like that in YEARS! I didn't remember what it felt like to be pain free. It only lasted 45 minutes before the headache descended again, but I knew I was on the right track.

After that, I was open to trying chiropractic. . .
- when my son kept wetting the bed, and it worked.
- for my other son's ear infections
- and when our youngest son was a baby and could not seem to move his head freely, the chiropractor was the answer to the problem.

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M.B.

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Hi A.! My husband and I both go weekly. We have taken our 18 month old every week since she was born. We believe in it and feel much better. After she got a little older she didn;t like it, but now she loves it and is the first one on the table! Good luck

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B.S.

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A., I am a practicing chiropractor in the Buckhead area of Atlanta and have been treating patients of all ages for the 17 years I have been in practice. Nerve interference affects people of all ages and the symptoms can be anything. Medical doctors are not trained to detect these subluxations. Chiropractors specialize in the detection and correction of subluxation. I would be glad to provide to you and your family a complimentary consultation to explain the chiropractic approach in more detail. If my office is not convenient for you let me know where you are located and I will refer you to someone local to where you live or work. My office # is ###-###-####.

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D.H.

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Oh goodness YES! Out of the womb, then next day on to the chiropractor. Our 4th child was seen by a pediatrician on call. That doctor bent her legs/hips out of wack that they popped. The doc said something about it. Have an ultrasound about 6 months, etc., blah, blah,etc. I mean, if you bent my legs the way this nut did to my baby...I'd be in pain. So I called my friend (chiropractor) and he came over when we got home and found the place. Done. All was well.

I must say that we've never had colic babies, thankfully. And the babies are not in pain because of gas, etc. I don't go to the chiropractor once a month, but do go when I need to, so does my husband and our children. On a need to basis, which is what it should. We do awful things to our body.

I remember my sister's 2nd child wasn't walking at a normal time and she was having problems....I don't know...can't remember...anyway, her feet were not right and after she took her to the chiropractor, everything was fine and she began to walk. Her hips were severely out of place, unfortunately she had lived with that for quite a while.

Yes, there is no harm. I personally go to a chiropractor that uses the activator mostly...I don't like manual adjustments. My husband however does like the manual adjustments.

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A.F.

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I feel bad for that poor mom that thinks that chiropractics will make your joints fat and mess you up. Who told that poor girl that???

Thankfully, that's all a lie. My son cried for the first 5 days of his life NONSTOP!!! We took him to get adjusted (BTW they don't "crack" babies, they use weight of the baby's own body to adjust them) and immediately stopped crying and slept peacefully for the first time. He was in pain!

Chiropractics helps with:
headaches, ear infections, acid reflux, poor sleep, bedwetting, fussiness in infants, sinus infections, YOU NAME IT! Oh, and you can't get addicted to it. People return to the chiropractor because they become aware of what it feels like to have their body functioning properly.

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J.P.

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My dad's been adjusted since he was 2 to help him overcome his polio infection. I was adjusted at 2 days old and regularly since that day....meaning when I need it.

Sometimes it's 3 months between visits and during the last part of my pregnancies, I was going weekly. I ended up with 3 natural/vaginal drugless births that were sped up with chirorpactic adjustments in labor....and it made it more comfy for me, even with a 10+ pounder! Literally, my contractions were 7 minutes apart for hours and then I got ONE adjustment on my sacrum and my contractions jumped to 3 minutes apart and the babies were born within an hour of being adjusted.

(My girlfriend just got adjusted in labor. She had been in labor 16 hours and was 8cm and then reverse dilated to 5cm. Her midwife told her to call her chiropractor, so she came over and adjusted her and the baby was born 1 hour and 10 minutes after the adjustment. She suddenly felt the urge to push in the contraction after the adjustment.)

Baby #1 needed and got adjusted at 4 hours old.
Baby #2 got his first adjustment at 1 month old.
Baby #3 fot her first adjustment at 2 weeks old.

My kids are all different. My 7 year old gets adjusted probably once every 2-4 weeks, but he does 3 days of taekwondo each week, swimming, soccer, springboard diving, golf, etc - so he tells me when something is not right. When he was 5, he got his first and only ear infection. I got him adjusted immediately, and within the day the redness inside the ear and fluid was gone. No antibiotics, just PB8 and therapeutic doses of A&D, an adjustment and lots of water.

My 3 year old can fall down a flight of stairs and need nothing or 1 vertebra popped back in. He also hates his neck adjusted and oddly enough, rarely if ever needs his neck adjusted. It's usually just his low back. In fact, my 3 year old only wets the bed when a lumbar is out of place. I get it popped back in and we can go months - and I know it's out again when he wets the bed.

My 18 month old will climb on the chiro table if I am there and she needs something, otherwise, she just stays playing with the toys. She knows already! (She's the one that gets grumpy when she needs an adjustment or stops sleeping through the night. That's how I can tell.) She'll even say "neck" and I know she needs to be adjusted.

True, some chiropractors overadjust, but finding the right one who knows more than just popping makes a huge difference....just like finding the right MD. Our kids are never sick....and I've been adjusted since I was 2 days old. I'm the healthiest person I know. I've also never been vaccinated and never in my entire life had any drugs, including antibiotics. My dad's been adjusted since he was 2 years old and he's currently 63. He doesn't have back pain like most men his age and his joints are no bigger than anyone else's his age....and oddly enough, absolutely no arthritis. Inflammation (itis) in the joints (arthrite) occurs when proper motion does not occur.

Chiropractic care has helped his joints move properly, so there is no degradation of the joint spaces. He doesn't get adjusted 3x/week forever like some of those chiros want. His chiro adjusts him probably once a month....if he ends up needing it.

My mom didn't want to go to a chiropractor and was really resistant. My dad practically dragged her in after her 8th (EIGHTH) miscarriage. Her MD was going to give her a hysterectomy, since they couldn't figure out why she kept miscarrying. Multiple MDs told her that she'd never have any children. She started getting adjusted regularly and became pregnant with me, and then gave birth to my brother 22 months later.

Sorry for the long post. When you find the right chiro, it'll change your life! www.icpa4kids.org

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L.Z.

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I have used a Chiro for myself for years...I used one for my own children on occasion years ago. One actually saved my son from needing tubes in his ears! Now that I am raising my grandchildren, I use one all the time. My one GD suffered from many a sinus infection, back then it was a trip to the ped and amoxil..Now I take her to my chiro, get a bottle of Buried Treasure ACF for kids and she hasn't had a sinus infection ever since I started this regimen.
I would highly reccomend it. My nephew is one and he has 6 kids, they are all healthy he treats them as he feels they need it.
Your daughter may have a subluxation in her spine that is causing her pain. Maybe a headache, or backache, it is hard to know. I guess, think about why you and your husband go, and how you feel afterwards. Do you feel better? If yours is comfortable with, and treats other children why not give it a try. Good Luck

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J.S.

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Chiropractic and Osteopathy are fabulous for babies, and the earlier you might straighten out a little kink from birth, the healthier the body is.
We do Osteopathy because I am a little more comfortable with it. It is gentlier. However, if given the choice between nothing and Chiropractic, I would go with it for the children. It can dramatically reduce collic (and whatever discomfort goes with it) as well as for your 8 year old and his immune system. I would suggest you use one that does lots of pediatric - Balance Atlanta in Buckhead does lots of children.
If you would like to try osteopathic, I use Dr. Richard Armond in Suwanee. He is so wonderful and the kids fight over who gets to go first :).
J.

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L.Z.

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My daughter never slept as a baby, and my cousin (a chiro) was visiting us. She asked if we minded if she adjusted her--and the kid slept for 8 hours. We started getting her adjusted regularly, and it was awesome.

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J.D.

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I believe in chiropractic, and have taken both my children since infants. I do not take them or myself weekly, but rather monthly or every 6 weeks, as I do believe that there is "too much of a good thing."

My firstborn had a prolonged and suction-assisted birth, and after 1-month could not completely turn her head to the right. My doctor wanted to put her in a helmut, but my chiropractor assessed her while in my lap, picked her up and just bounced her the slightest bit in the air, and she could then move both sides correctly. My son was very fussy his first few months, but after his first adjustment, was much happier, less gassy and seemed to get over his "development rut" very quickly. These adjustments are very non-invasive and can be done on the parent's lap or just while holding the infant up. Later, after 3 years or so, they can lie on the table, and just a finger tap or small move will do the necessary adjustment.

Chiropractic is good for the entire well-being, and from my personal experience, saw quantifiable improvements in the physical, mental and emotional well-being of my two children with each adjustment. Physically, they were able to move more freely and easily; mentally it was like a light-switch event especially in the first year; and emotionally they just seemed more calm and happy after the visit.

My daughter (6) can now tell her chiropractor exactly where she's "off" and is correct with each visit -- our doctor's amazed she knows her body that well, but I feel we've been teaching her to "feel and know" her body since that first visit.

Everyone's experiences are different, but I have had good ones, so good luck:)

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J.F.

answers from Charleston on

yes, yes, yes! our whole family goes and it has been great! we started when my youngest was 4 months. no ear infections so far. also, i can tell such a difference when my 3 year old is having a bad day... the adjustments literally change his attitude. chiropractic has been shown to reverse a ton of childhood issues: add, adhd, ear infections, sinus and respiratory infections, allergies... it's great.

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S.G.

answers from Savannah on

She could be teething and or having a growth spurt which would cause her to wake at night because she is feeling hungry. OR she is having discomfort for the teeth coming in. Teething tablets worked great for my son when he was little:)

Good luck
S.

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E.E.

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Good for you!! My son is now almost two and he has been getting adjustments from the chiropractor since he was less than two weeks old. They are extremely gentle, often using an instrument called an activator, which just helps move the spinal bones into correct adjustment. It will definitely help with ear infections later on- mine has only had minimal problems with those and had never had to have antibiotics. They don't adjust babies like they do adults. Usually, you will hold your little one to your chest (standing or seated) while the chiropractor gently adjusts her spine. It is very simple and if you get her used to it now, it will be a piece of cake getting her adjusted when she is older! I firmly believe in chiropractic as a wellness tool, not just when the kiddos get sick- so mine gets adjustment about once a month, more if he is grumpy or sick!

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