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4 Things To Consider Before Taking Your Child to a Chiropractor

Are your friends are recommending you take your infant or child to the chiropractor, and you aren’t sure why?  In this post, Des Moines pediatric chiropractor, Dr. Jennifer Thompson, discusses the 4 things you should consider before scheduling the first appointment.

1.) Not all chiropractors are created equal.Pediatric Chiropractor

When seeking out chiropractic care for your infant or child, the search can be daunting.  I know that there are many great chiropractors in our community to chose from, however, not everyone has the specific training to evaluate and treat your child.  Pediatric chiropractors take a minimum of 200 hours of intense post-graduate courses to learn how to care for the smallest of patients.  Evaluating and adjusting your infant isn’t the same as evaluating and adjusting a tiny adult.  Through gentle evaluation, often times including use of instrument technology, and thorough history of pregnancy, labor and birth, a pediatric chiropractor will examine your child and give recommendations suited toward your child’s size, age, and main concern.  When searching for a chiropractor to care for your children, look for C.A.C.C.P, or D.A.C.C.P., which indicate the advanced training.

www.icpa4kids.org has a listing of all pediatric trained chiropractors in your area.

2.) Its not about neck and back pain.

I have heard from parents in my office, “Why does my child need chiropractic care?  They don’t get headaches!”  While this is sometimes true, parents bring their children to our office for varying reasons, including colic, ear infections, digestive concerns, behavioral issues, as well as injury prevention and athletic performance in our student athletes.  Remember, chiropractic does not cure any of these conditions.  Chiropractic care looks at how your child is functioning, down to the delicate nervous system function, and allows their body to heal and function at its best.  Chiropractic care, through the evaluation of a pediatric chiropractor, determines areas where your child’s spine and nervous system aren’t working, and corrects the interference.  When that occurs, we see these conditions improve, or resolve.

21832702_img_13753.) Adjusting an infant or child is significantly different than adjusting an adult.

If you have been to a chiropractor as an adult, you know that the adjustments can at times elicit a noise, and can be forceful, depending on the technique.  This is one of the most common questions I get from parents seeking chiropractic for their infants or children.  You aren’t going to “crack” them too?  The answer is no.  When we do an adjustment to an infant, often times, parents will not notice anything other than my hands on their child.  There is no twisting, or pushing, or “cracking.”  We use a technique called sustained contact, which uses about the same amount of pressure as one would use to test the ripeness of a peach.  The segment will release and shift toward its normal position with no noise.  As your child gets older, and the spine becomes more bone, and less cartilage, we may employ familiar looking adjustments, but will continue to use much less force.  In comparison, the average birth in America will use 60-90 lbs of traction force to deliver a baby via forceps, vacuum, or C-section.


4.) Your child will love getting adjusted!

Infants and children inherently know when they aren’t feeling good or aren’t functioning at their best.  Infants will be fussy, not sleep well, will sometimes constantly arch their backs or act like they have “strong necks.”  These are all signs your infant might need to be checked by a pediatric chiropractor.  These infants, after an adjustment will smile, sleep, and be very relaxed.  I had a 4 month old brought to my office one afternoon in this exact state, fussy, hadn’t slept or ate well all day, wasn’t comfortable in any position.  I evaluated her and gave a small adjustment to a segment in her middle back, and instantly her demeanor shifted.  She smiled at me, her body relaxed, and her mom reported an excellent night of nursing and sleeping.  It was pretty awesome to see.  In our office, we have kids race to see who gets on the table first for their adjustment, parents report that siblings are playing chiropractor with their animals and dolls, and kids ask to be seen if they aren’t feeling well.

Chiropractic is meant for the entire family, from newborn, to parents, and grandparents.  We enjoy seeing our family wellness patients, and watching the kids grow.  If your friends and family are recommending chiropractic for your child or family, take the time and find a certified, pediatric chiropractor.

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  1. Jade Brunet says
    Sep 22, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    I was looking to know more about children and chiropractic services. It is good to learn that infants and children know when they are not feeling well and can tell when they are adjusted. It would be beneficial to discuss this option with a doctor to see if the child qualifies for this help.

    • doctor@balancechiroandwellness.com says
      Sep 29, 2016 at 9:16 AM

      Hi Jade! Thank you for your reply and question. I would love to chat with you more about chiropractic for kids. Is there a specific question or concern you have? You are welcome to call the office, or email at info@balancechiroandwellness.com

  2. John Billows says
    Jun 24, 2017 at 2:29 AM

    I had no idea that taking your child to a chiropractor could help with ear infections and digestive problems. Recently my 5 year old has been complaining of her ear hurting. Maybe I'll see if I can get a chiropractor to take a look at her and see if there is anything they can do to help. Thanks for the great information.

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