Dufferin Family Chiropractic

Chiropractic & Babies

  

Survive or THRIVE: It starts at birth!

  With more parents seeking chiropractic care for their children, more parents, family, and friends are asking why? You see, many of the problems that we experience as adults didn’t just develop overnight, they progressed over years and decades due to repetitive stresses, poor posture, slips, falls, car accidents and even the birth process itself!

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  Even the easiest, least evasive, and most natural birth with no interventions or complications can stress an infant’s spine and nervous system. In a so-called “natural” birth, the baby comes out of a 10 cm space; head first, because that is the biggest part of the body. Once the head crowns, the rest is easy. However if the mom’s hip bones or pelvis are not perfectly aligned prior to labour, there is less space for the baby to pass through. This can cause the baby to get stuck in the birth canal and put a tremendous amount of stress on the baby’s neck. If there is any assistance, for example, the doctor or nurse turning the head, a
C-section (a smaller incision, that requires someone to pull the baby by their head through that tiny space), or worse a vacuum or forceps extraction, it can cause a tiny vertebra at the top of the spine to shift out of place. This shift or misalignment is called a subluxation.  Not only can this put pressure on the baby’s brainstem, but it will create tension throughout the entire spinal cord, potentially affecting every organ, every muscle, every cell, and every tissue in the body.

  You see, your brain controls everything in your body. For your heart to beat, lungs to breath, stomach to digest food, and intestines to absorb nutrients, the life from your brain travels down your spinal cord and tells your body what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. If there is pressure on those delicate nerves, life isn’t going to get to where it is supposed to go, and your body isn’t going to work properly. What all this means for a newborn is perhaps they are poor SLEEPERS, or can’t LATCH properly and BREASTFEEDING becomes a nightmare. They develop REFLUX and SPIT up after every meal. They cry ALL THE TIME and they are COLICKY and their stomach and intestines cramp up. Some parents notice that DIAPER CHANGING is extremely difficult because the baby won’t bend their legs or keeps arching their back. These can all be signs that there is massive pressure on the nervous system, interfering with the body’s ability to function normally.

  Within minutes of birth, your baby is checked for 10 fingers and 10 toes and they are given an APGAR score. APGAR means, Activity (muscle tone), Pulse, Grimace (reflex), Appearance (skin color), Respiration. After 10 minutes, they check your newborn again and then they compare the score to the first one. What they don’t do, however, is check for subluxations!  Why you might ask?  It’s because they aren’t qualified to do that. This is why we recommend getting your newborn checked for subluxations, by a qualified health professional.  Your chiropractor is a nerve, muscle, and bone specialist, so that you can give your new bundle of joy the best possible head start in life.