Chiropractic as an approach to paediatric care has long been providing vital assessment for many conditions that affect infants and newborns and is growing in popularity due to the extensive knowledge and training of paediatric chiropractors and the extremely safe treatment techniques used that can offer help for some problems that commonly occur within our newborns and infants.
So why would a baby need to see a chiropractic?
The birthing process is, even during the best of labours, a strenuous and physically demanding task for both mother and baby. The physical forces placed on the baby during delivery are very significant, this can be made worse if complications occur such as a breech delivery, the need for ventouse or forceps, c-sections or simply a prolonged labour.
These forces can lead to understandable strain on muscular and joint tissues of the newborn and may result in musculoskeletal discomfort for the baby or even marked spasm such as is the case in torticollis. This can be observed in the baby if there is positional asymmetry but also if muscle spasm is painful, babies may show increased levels of crying, disturbed sleep and problems with feeding.
Breastfeeding requires the baby to be able to lie comfortably with the head rotated. Some birth traumas can make this difficult for new born’s meaning that if uncomfortable when in these positions, they can show difficulty with breastfeeding or favour one side more than the other.
Chiropractic assessment for your newborn can help to identify any explanations behind problems with sleeping, crying and feeding and can also help to identify misalignment that may not yet be causing a problem with your child.
Susan joins our team with experience in paediatrics and a natural way with babies. As well as helping to assess your baby for alignment issues she will also check developmental benchmarks and offers a great support for new mothers and fathers as a health professional who can help guide you through the often daunting stages of early parenthood.