Chiropractic care for babies and kids

Jackie - posted on 04/14/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )

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Where does everyone stand on this one??? Thoughts, comments, for/against....

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All I know is that I feel 110% better after I get adjusted by my chiropractor. If adjustemnts aren't necessary, then what am I supposed to do to alleviate the pain from the two 60 degree curves in my spine? Other than a homemade salve that a friend makes for me for between adjustments, nothing else works (for me). I know a lot of people think chiropractors are "crocks" and not "real" doctors, but I think only people who have never truly needed adjustments would feel that way. If you (general you) were in such extreme pain and no medicine could touch it, then would you just live with it? Or would you seek other methods that you had put down before?

My chiropractor is a God send for me and as long as my back pain continues (as it will for the rest of my life because my curvature is so bad), I will continue to see my chiropractor once a week for my adjustments.

Brandi - posted on 04/19/2010

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Well, I am a nursing student and I can tell you that every instructor I've ever had who knows anything about health has no faith in chiropractic care even being necessary and some of them even express feelings about it being dangerous. Apparently it can cause things like stroke, etc because "adjustments" simply aren't necessary. I think my ethics instructor even mentioned that no accredited universities will allow a school of chiropractic care because of this.

Like I said, I'm just skeptical. I've yet to really research it so I wouldn't say I'm 100% against it.

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I am 1000% for it. I have VERY severe scoliosis and so we take our kids to a pediatric chiropractor once a year and have them all adjusted and have their spines checked for signs of curvature (it's best to catch it right when it's starting because that's when it's easiest to reverse the effects). Our insurance doesn't cover it, but we feel it's such an important thing to check that it's worth it to pay out of pocket.



My scoliosis wasn't diagnosed until the summer before my 9th grade year and the effects and back pain are horrible to this day. Unfortunately, my parents didn't know to have me checked when I was younger, so I just have to deal with it as it comes and hopefully my insurance will cover the surgery I need to repair my back someday.



All this will be SO worth it if one of our kids ever starts to show signs of curvature. I would HATE for one of my kids to get it and know what pain they are in and not be able to do anything for them!

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Jaime - posted on 05/18/2010

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I've been taking my son, Gray to the chiropractor since he was 9 weeks old and I have continued and will continue to do so until he is old enough to pay for himself or if he wants to stop going. I did a lot of research on chiropractic care, and you'd be surprised what a spinal adjustment can do for your entire body....headaches, ear aches, back aches, pain, the list goes on. With regard to chiropractic helping with ear troubles, I believe it has more to do with a restoration of pressure balance in the body. The chiropractor doesn't go crazy on the little ones with the neck adjustments...or at least not when they're babies...so I don't think there is much to worry about in terms of danger or damage to the body.

At the very least, I would set up a consultation with a chiropractor and get all of the reading materials about it that you can before deciding yes or no...it could be exactly what you need and it might not work at all but you won't know unless you give it some serious consideration.

Liane - posted on 05/17/2010

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Just some thoughts on this one as I have never used a chiroprator nor have I taken any of my kids to one... I personally have never met someone who receives chiropractic care that ever STOPS receiving chiropractic care. Now, most of the people I know see one for back or neck pain. To me it seems that if they were actually correcting the problem then you would eventually NOT have to see them anymore. That being said, since I haven't/wouldn't seek chiropractic care for myself, I probably wouldn't for my child either :)

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When my now 5 yr old was first born she had a big bump on her head, from the labor. The doctors said it was no big deal but that it could take a yr or 2 to go away. I took her to the chiropractor & he did his magic & that bump was gone within 3 days... I'm all for them.:-) I'd like to add that she was only 5 days old when I took her.

Nikki - posted on 05/14/2010

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I love going to the chiropractor, I always feel so much better afterwards, I have a bad back and the difference is amazing. I remember about a month before I was pregnant I was telling my chiropractor that we had been trying for a baby for over 12 months, he checked my pelvis and did an alignment a month later I was pregnant, I don't know if it had anything to do with it, honestly other than fixing my back I was always quite sceptical, but who knows?? my chiro is very holistic in his care it's more than just cracking my back, it's about follow up exercises, diet lifestyle, and he is totally gorgeous so I don't mind going every now and then for a little perve! lol

Krista - posted on 05/13/2010

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I would consider it after exhausting other options. It definitely wouldn't be my first choice, though. And I would never get my neck adjusted -- I know the odds are slim of something bad happening, but I don't currently have any particular back issues that are severe enough to make the risk worthwhile.

As far as my child goes, it would be the same thing. I'd only consider chiropractic care if other treatments were ineffective. The spinal column is just too important to go futzing with it without a serious need, in my opinion.

Ariel - posted on 05/13/2010

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I am for this. My mothers works for 2 doctors. So we know alot about the pros and cons. I chose too have my child get chirpractic care. And she had her first adjustment when she was only 1 day old. she is doin great and progressing alot. just like any other baby.

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I think the main difference between doctors and chiropractors is that chiropractors find the source of the problem and attempt to fix it whereas doctors are trained to treat the symptoms......I don't think ones wrong or right, or necessarily better than the other......they're just very different in their approach! I can see both sides but I have to agree with you Brandi, I'm a lil' skeptical myself! I just think that once you've exhausted multiple other avenues and nothing seems to be working MAYBE a chiropractor might have the answers?

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I just googled it to see what would come up and this is a little of what I found......



" Ear pain is the number one reason for child visits to chiropractors. Many chiropractors believe that there is a strong link between the birthing process and recurrent ear infection, also known as otitis media. During the birthing process, cervical (neck) vertebrae can become misaligned, disrupting nerve function, which can affect the eustachian tube. This may lead to fluid buildup in the middle ear and cause otitis media.



Ear infection or otitis media accounts for over 35% of all pediatrician visits in the United States. Antibiotics, the usual treatment, are not always effective and may even lead to a recurrence of ear infections. Many children are dealing with a continuing cycle of repeat ear infections, which lands them back at the pediatrician for more antibiotics. For nearly 100 years, the chiropractic profession has claimed that ear and other upper respiratory infections respond favorably to chiropractic adjustments."



Sounds reasonable to me!? Have you talked with ur doctor about it? Have you decided yet if you're gonna get tubes put in her ears? I had tubes in my ears when I was 5 after suffering for years and it was a great success but if my mom had known about this maybe she would have tried it first?!



P.S. I apologize if I've repeated anything or ignored other comments because I have to admit I didn't have time to read thru them all! Maybe later...

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Lyndsay - I would suggest that maybe your stepsister really does need a chiropractor that often. Because of my scoliosis, I have to see mine about 3-4 times a month (depending on how often I've been standing or doing a lot of things) and I am in serious severe pain when I don't get adjusted enough. For some people, it is a very real necessity and just because it's not one for you (general you), doesn't mean it's okay to think someone is overexagerating their need. For some of us out here, it is a VERY real need and without adjustments there is VERY real pain.

Amanda - posted on 04/16/2010

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A common misconception about chiropratic is that the popping sounds you hear is your bones popping back into place or wahtever. It's not your bones. It's the gases in your joints. Kind of like air bubbles. I found it a lot more comforting to find that out.

Both of my kids have been to the chiropractor. I took my daughter for the first time when she was about a week old, to get checked out. She went monthly up until the time we moved to a new province for a check up, and the occasional adjustment. She is seriously the healthiest kid I know. Compared to other kids, she gets sick WAY less often.

We haven't found a chiropractor out here yet, and I have noticed her immune system decline in the past 2 years sice we moved. She catches colds more easily and has had her first 2 ear infections at 4 years old in the last year. I really feel like I need to find a new chiropractor out here.

My chiropractor had told me about a few different patients who needed tubes put in their ears, and as a result of a few adjustments, their pediatricians decided the tubes were no longer necessary.

Stephany - posted on 04/16/2010

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Lyndsay- With all due respect, I suspect that your stepsister was a little more crazy than the chiropractic care she received.
My youngest son was born with a ton of problems, and after hearing amazing things about infant cranio-sacral therapy, we contacted the best guy in the area. He came to our house, held my (infant) son in his lap for about 10 minutes, and wrapped his hands around my son's head. My son slept the whole time and never once even flinched. We saw an immediate improvement in my son's acid reflux issues and the shape of his head was noticeably more smooth and round. It was incredible. We actually have before and after pictures and there is a very clear difference between the two. The guy didn't even charge us as he said he likes to help families with new babies at no cost.
My sister-in-law is a massage therapist and she works in a chiropractic care office. The guy she works with is awesome- my husband has seen him several times. He has a great reputation and works with all kinds of people. He even works with several of the major athletes from the University football team. I guess it all depends on who you see and what kind of experience they have. I wouldn't see a newbie, but a respected professional who can truly help is nothing to laugh at.

Lyndsay - posted on 04/15/2010

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Insanity! Totally ridiculous! My stepsister used to see a chiropractor every week or so when we were younger. We would go out to the trailer during the summer and by the end of our trip she'd be screaming "I NEED MY CHIROPRACTOR!!!" That is totally not necessary for a kid.

Amy - posted on 04/15/2010

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My one year old just saw a chiro. He wasn't walking and seemed to me like he almost hurt. And no, he was not put on the table. The chiro held him on his lap and adjusted his hip, then son was on my lap and he checked the rest of him. He's not walking on his own yet, but is holding on to furniture and going crazy walking like that. I think it helped. Like all things, there are quacks out there. Just be sure you know your chiro!

Jackie - posted on 04/15/2010

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Very interesting Amy. Thanks for the info on how it cures the ear infections, I was very curious. Still don't foresee myself going this route...but was interested in hearing the "how" behind it.

Alison - posted on 04/15/2010

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I found this:

"Some parents claim they've found relief going the nontraditional route. Although there have been few large-scale studies and most traditional doctors remain doubtful, one study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics showed that 80% of the 400 children in New Rochelle, N.Y., who received regular gentle adjustments to their cervical vertebrae or skull didn't have another ear infection within a six-month period."



and this:

"A promising study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics indicates that there is a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the resolution of ear infections. 332 children with chronic ear infections participated in the study. Each child, ranging in age from 27 days to 5 years, was given a series of chiropractic adjustments. The results show that close to 80% of the children did not experience another ear infection within the six-month period following their initial visits. The six-month period included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks. Joan M. Fallon, D.C., the author of the study and the chiropractor who treated the children in the study, states that this pilot study can serve as a starting point from which the chiropractic profession can begin to examine its role in the treatment of children with chronic ear infections. She asserts that large-scale clinical trials need to be undertaken in the field."



The numbers are pretty convincing. It looks like it is explained by the nervous system as well.

Alison - posted on 04/15/2010

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When I was pg with my first I was reading "Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul" in the waiting room of my chiro. She offered to lend it to me. I was totally in tears over the stories.

Chiropractics is VERY old and the level of training and knowledge of the chiropractors here is quite impressive.

The reasoning behind the digestive troubles is that something off in the spine will actually hinder the nervous system and messages don't travel properly to the brain. I don't know about the ear infections though, but I would totally try it.

"Chiro" comes from the word "hands". It is not all about cracking per se, especially not with infants and children. There are so many techniques they can use, especially if you tell your doctor (yes, he/she is a doctor) that you are uncomfortable with cracking.

If you are hesitant, you could always ask to meet with the chiropractor and discuss the treatment, then make a decision based on that.

Amy - posted on 04/15/2010

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I am 100% for it! My son saw a chiropractor a few weeks after he was born to check for colic (as he had some, but it turned out to be me needing to cut out dairy). He's also looked at every week or so (his god parents are both Chiropractors), and it has helped a lot. He had an issue where he was banging his head on things, and were pretty sure something was out of wack in his neck and he was "trying" to releave the pain. He's also had a couple ear infections, we take him to get adjusted then the next day he's back to normal. I would defantly reccomend people to take there babies/child to the Chiropractor. ALTHOUGH in many cases every week isn't necessary (It's just good practice for our son's god parents), just when the kid is doing something odd like hitting there head on everything or has an ear infection or crying all the time and not sure what is causing it. I also reccomend making sure the chiropractor that you bring your child to works with children, not all chiropractors specalize in that.

Jackie - Chiropractors actually help ear infections MUCH better and faster than antibiotics. My father in law is a pharmacist and does not agree/believe in Chiropractics however he does say that Ear Infections are treated much better by Chiropractors. Theres a bone that they adjust near the hear that drains out all the liquid that is being held up in there. When my son is adjusted we don't typically hear anything pop, and it's always very gentle. And my son is now 2, the table that's at his god parents house he will hop up on it and lay ready for them to adjust him, he just loves it!

Jackie - posted on 04/15/2010

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Interesting. Was just curious what tohers though b/c I don't know of anyone that's ever done it...but the thought of my little girl laying on one of their tables just "freaks me out" as Laci said =)

Rosie - posted on 04/14/2010

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i took lucas to a chiropractor for his throwing up issues. all 3 of my boys threw up, didn't eat, didn't grow, were basically little peanuts and nothing i had tried was working. i went to an occupational therapist, every kind of specialist around dealing with their issue (diabetes insipidus) and there was nothing that i could medically do to make them better. the occupational therapist suggested going to a pediatric chiropractor with my oldest. i thought it was hooey so i didn't go. same thing started happening with vinnie. again it was suggested, again i didn't go. finally after lucas was born and began experiencing the same symptoms, it was suggested and i went. what did i have to loose? nothing else was working. i went, and by golly it helped!! i'm not saying it "cured" him, but he did start having normal poops, he stopped throwing up as much, and he did eat more. she also suggested probiotics for his tummy, that helped as well.
yes, they do actually "crack" their backs, but the woman i went to was different than any chiro i'd been to. she was gentle-yet effective, and didn't violently do anything. unfortunately our insurance changed and no longer accepted chiro visits. too bad, i really liked her, and wish we had more time to see what could have happened.
i have thought about the placebo affect, but i was very skeptical, so i was waiting for it to fail. so i think it had quite the opposite effect on me. i know it wouldn't hurt to take her, so you might as well try! :)

Minnie - posted on 04/14/2010

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Jackie: I'm not sure what they do exactly for babies with birth injuries. All I know is that it's simply one of LLLI's suggestions for babies who have pain when nursing because of a birth injury. Don't know if they do crack their backs or not.



See, the whole curing or treating ear infections just doesn't make sense to me. A friend claims that she went to a chiropractor for pneumonia, and when I came down with mono someone recommended me seeing a chiropractor. But these are diseases, caused by bacteria and viruses...how does a spinal/neck adjustment remove the epstein-barr virus from my body? How does the adjustment remove whatever bacteria is causing the pneumonia or ear infection? Just seems really strange, like maybe a placebo effect...

LaCi - posted on 04/14/2010

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Personally, I couldn't take Nico at this age. Mainly because I'm terrified of chiropractors. The same reason I couldn't let him play with a spider, freaks me out. ;/

Don't have a problem with other people doing it though, its just one of my phobias.

Jackie - posted on 04/14/2010

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I don't know, the whole thought of it just kind of freaks me out. I mean it even freaks me out when I have to go... Just scares me b/c one wrong move and there could be disastrous results. I totally get this hardly ever happens, but I just don't understand the need for taking the chance in babies. I mean I only go when my back locks up and I can't walk...little kids backs don't go out like that, so I just don't know why people do it I guess. And I am EXTREMELY skeptical that it can help things totally unrelated to bone/joint pain (i.e. the ear infections Lisa mentions..and I have heard other things they just arent' coming to mind right now).

Jackie - posted on 04/14/2010

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That's so funny you mentioned that Lisa...that's the reason I started this. My daughter has chronic ear infections and someone told me to take her to a chiropractor (which I won't be doing I can't imagine...I don't know...just sounds odd. I haven't done any research, but ear infections have to do with draining fluid, not sure how cracking her back would help.)...but just got me thinking about the whole chiropractic care in general thing.

The people that went for the birth injuries...do they actually crack their backs and stuff???

Minnie - posted on 04/14/2010

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I am neither for nor against it. La Leche League suggests chiropractic or cranio-sacral therapy for infants with birth injuries. It has helped some people that I know.



However, I am not convinced of effectiveness of chiropractic care in other things like curing ear infections (have heard this from some people), for example.

Carolee - posted on 04/14/2010

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It actually helped my son when he started going through the bigger growing spurts. The insurance we have now doesn't cover it, but it was nice when we had it... both of us felt better.

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