Should Your Baby Be Under Care?
Last week I wrote a blog about why you should be under care regardless of whether you experience pain or not. This week it's all about the kids, and with the return to school not far away, I wanted to talk about how care can help the little ones in your life.
Here at Peak we believe that everyone should be under care for life, and we’re lucky enough to be able to help people of all ages, but we’re always trying to help more. You might be wondering why young children or babies would need care, babies don't have back pain, so how could we help?
Even before we’re born our bodies go through a lot of stress, the womb isn't the most spacious place in the world. The pressure exerted on a baby in the uterus can have an impact on the way their joints move and bones fuse, most notably in the shape of their skull. Combine these pressures with the ones faced during delivery, from an uncomplicated natural birth to an assisted delivery or emergency cesarean, and there’s a lot of potential for undetected injuries to the baby's spine and nervous system.
Studies have shown that up to 90% of otherwise seemingly healthy newborn babies have issues with the way their neck moves, and even more have problems with their lower back. Whilst this doesn't necessarily mean that babies experience back pain, it does mean there’s an underlying issue that may predispose them to back pain in the future.
All babies cry, it’s one of the few ways they are able to communicate at first. However, up to 30% of babies suffer from infant colic, which is a condition that results in excessive crying but the cause is still unknown and treatment options are limited. Numerous studies have shown that care in the form of gentle spinal adjustments can significantly reduce crying time in infants with colic. Care are has also been shown to help reduce problems with feeding, sleep disturbances, and increase overall comfort of babies.
If you’ve got little ones in your life who you think would benefit from chiropractic care, or if you just want to find out more about how we could help, why not book your family in for a free discovery visit and find out more about what we can do for you!