Chiropractic and the Newborn Baby | Science-Based Medicine (2022)

Chiropractic and the Newborn Baby | Science-Based Medicine (1)

I had the pleasure of speaking on the topic of chiropractic and the newborn baby earlier this week at a meeting of the Boston Skeptics. There is a videoof the talk online for anyone interested in learning more. And if you haven’t yet, please read yesterday’s post on chiropractic and babies by Sam Homola.

My introduction to pediatric chiropractic

Although I was aware of the existence of chiropractic well before beginning my medical training, I was blissfully ignorant of the full scope of what many chiropractors actually do on a daily basis. My belief that they practiced solely as “doctors of the back” was shattered early in my pediatric training at Vanderbilt while on a pulmonary medicine rotation when I was asked to consult on the child of a well-known musician who lived in the area. The patient, perhaps only hours from respiratory failure, had been brought to our emergency department only after chiropractic treatments had failed to manage a severe asthma exacerbation.

That encounter, as well as another around the same time involving a child with a throat abscess being treated with acupuncture, inspired me to dig deeper into the general concept of alternative medicine. I even went so far as to approach a local chiropractor who had set up a table at a Nashville YMCA to promote chiropractic prevention and treatment of the flu. Dr. Fakename happily allowed me to spend a day in his office, and even brought in his own child to demonstrate his approach pediatric care.

Needless to say, Dr. Fakename failed to convince me of the benefits or need for chiropractic involvement in pediatric healthcare. When the discussion turned to routine childhood vaccines, I heard the party line on the subject for the first of many times. Dr. Fakename was not against vaccines, he was in favor of giving families all of the facts. He gave me some reading material, and a book suggestion or two, which provided nothing but potential and unproven risks with no mention of the well-established benefits and proven safety of immunizations. I’ll never forget what his wife, who had brought their child in for the demonstration, whispered to me during a moment of distraction: “Don’t worry, we vaccinate our kids. I make sure.”

By the end of my residency I was a full blown skeptic of a variety of alternative medical modalities in addition to chiropractic, and had built a reputation as someone interested in and knowledgeable on the subject of quackery. I even gave a grand rounds on pediatric CAM with a focus on chiropractic which I’m proud to say drew a standing room only crowd that included folks from the community interested in alternative medicine as well as from the brand new integrative medicine center at Vanderbilt. I had even been asked to serve as a resident representative, however that invitation was quickly rescinded after my skeptical talk.

My particular interest in the chiropractic approach to newborn medicine came about by chance. While I still do care for hospitalized children of all ages, the primary focus of the majority of my career so far has been taking care of well newborns. The discovery of newborn chiropractic as an entity, while not as shocking as my initial exposure to pediatric chiropractic in general back in residency, was still surprising. And I continue to be occasionally surprised as I research this area of irregular medicine over a decade later. I always think I’ve found the worst example of their irresponsible and potentially dangerous interactions with children, only to be proven wrong time and time again.

(Video) Should Babies Be Going to the Chiropractor?

Why do some chiropractors focus on newborns?

There are many explanations, ranging from the overly generous to the rather cynical, for why I believe that many in the chiropractic community target the newborn population. Probably the majority of those who see babies truly believe in the nonsense they are telling parents, putting on their websites, or uploading to YouTube. Perhaps they really do accept the existence of subluxations and that they are the root cause of myriad health problems in young infants, problems as diverse as difficulty breastfeeding, colic, and even sudden infant death syndrome. People are generally the heroes of their own narrative, so it is quite likely in fact that the vast majority of practitioners go to sleep at night feeling like they are helping parents and improving the lives of children.

Because of a history riddled with counter-examples and the widespread availability of solid evidence disproving the totality of chiropractic claims when it comes to newborn care, I can certainly understand why some might approach this question a bit less charitably. Practice building is a notorious aspect of chiropractic training and the running of their clinics after all. It is extremely easy to find examples of this relating to pediatric care, where the focus on children is treated more as a business opportunity than a calling. Convincing a parent who goes to a chiropractor to bring in the kids next time is a great way to increase patient rolls and profits.

How is chiropractic for newborns presented to parents?

Regardless of their intention, a chiropractor’s decision to treat newborns is particularly upsetting to me for obvious reasons. Parents are an especially vulnerable population in my opinion, and chiropractors are hardly alone in their attempts to convince them of questionable claims. A walk through your local Babies”R”Us should convince anyone of that sad fact. The primary tactic, whether trying to sell “The Big Idea” of chiropractic or a useless home monitor that won’t actually prevent SIDS, is always fear.

As discussed by Sam Homola in his post yesterday, the subluxation remains the fictional boogeyman used to convince parents of the need for chiropractic evaluation and treatment. Newborn and very young infants, they claim, acquire subluxations of the spine during the arduous birth process or during routine care such as changing a diaper. Even proven safety interventions such as the use of an infant car seat are potentially to blame!

But birth is the clear favorite when it comes to explaining why a baby is at risk for having a subluxation. Whether born via c-section or vaginal delivery, emergence into the world generally requires pulling on a child’s head, which can require a fair amount of force. As I explained in my discussion with the Boston Skeptics group, babies can acquire traumatic injury during delivery, such as clavicle fractures and injury to the nerves that supply the arm or diaphragm. And even without injury the significant pressure involved can transientlymove the bones of the skull into a variety of odd shapes. This nugget of truth is well known to most parents and it is easy to understand why some caregivers are convinced that even seemingly uneventful deliveries might cause problems in a child’s spine.

Once the possibility, or more typically the extreme likelihood of a subluxation being present is accepted, parents are then made aware of what might come to pass if the condition is allowed to go untreated. Which pediatric conditions are claimed to be amenable to chiropractic care depends on the chiropractor, and can range from everything (even cancer) to a limited list that most commonly includes problems such as ear infections, bed wetting, constipation, sleep problems, asthma, weak immune function, and of course musculoskeletal complaints. In the newborn population, problems such as fussiness/colic, difficulty breastfeeding, torticollis,reflux, and sleep difficulties are common.

Some chiropractors go much further, even claiming to be able to prevent life-threatening outcomes by detecting and correcting so-called silent spinal subluxations. I’ve written in the past about such examples: SIDS and “shaken baby syndrome” caused by routine care or play. SIDS and abusive head trauma (what we now call shaken baby syndrome) are two of the very worst issues that pediatricians and parents face and the thought of families living in fear that their perfectly healthy child is at increased risk of death or permanent neurological injury unless they have regular chiropractic adjustments makes me very angry.

(Video) Baby finds relief from colic and constipation after Chiropractic care

Of course not all parents actually need convincing. Probably the majority of newborns seen by chiropractors are born into families who already see a chiropractor themselves and have bought into the concept of subluxation and “spinal health.” Many mother’s of infant patients underwent chiropractic care during the pregnancy. A common theme used by chiropractors is to compare themselves to a dentist, pointing out how dental visits take place regularly even in the absence of symptoms in order to prevent cavities or to catch problems before they become significant. It’s a convincing tactic.

What happens during a newborn’s visit to the chiropractor?

Whether in the hospital (it happens!), at home(another one), or in the office, newborn chiropractic visits tend to involve a similar format. The most powerful part of the process, much more so than the actual adjustment to be honest, involves the laying on of hands. The chiropractor palpates the spine and checks movement of the neck and various joints. They may compare leg lengths or even hold the baby upside down(another one) in order to see how they turn their head. As they go they talk through what they are doing, usually commenting on findings such as tightness or restrictions and always explaining what problems a baby might experience because of subluxations. It can involve a fair amount of absolute nonsense.

There is a lot of cold reading that goes on during these visits which can give the impression that the chiropractor’s examination uncovered problems like constipation or colic. Most of the time the parent has told the chiropractor what the problem is and naturally the cause, a subluxation, is discovered at just the right spot to explain it. Some do a better job than others. Often the chiropractor reacts to random non-purposeful movements, yawns, crying, etc. by working it into the narrative. If a baby begins to cry during palpation, they found a bothersome area. If the baby happens to stop crying, the adjustment did the trick. There are countless examples of this evident on the hundreds of encounters I’ve see online and the few I’ve witnessed in person.

If you watch only one of these videos, make it this one. The chiropractor has an amazing bedside manner while discussing his evaluation. He really does do it all. Cold reading. The laying on of hands. Confidently describing complete nonsense. It’s truly a thing of beauty. He is all about the long game as he appears to say that the baby won’t need any adjustments at that visit, although as the video ends he seems to back track a bit. Here he is again explaining a specific newborn chiropractic technique and some underlying pathophysiology that it is almost complete baloney.

What is the chiropractor feeling during the assessment? They certainly aren’t feeling subluxations, as there is no good evidence to support that they exist in the chiropractic sense. They also aren’t feeling actual restrictions in movement with perhaps the exception of congenital torticollis, where a baby has difficulty fully turning the head. But this problem has nothing to do with the spine but rather unilateral injury to a muscle in the neck. In my opinion, and assuming that they aren’t knowingly deceiving the caregiver, they are simply feeling what they want and expect to find.

The adjustments performed on newborns and young infants are, in most circumstances, very gentle. This makes sense considering that many parents would be likely to bristle at vigorous high velocity adjustments to their baby’s neck or to loud popping sounds coming from their back. In fact, most chiropractic websites and videos that discuss newborn or pediatric chiropractic in general go to great lengths to separate it from the typical adult adjustment.

Chiropractors tend to use almost imperceptible adjusting force in babies, usually with their fingertips. They often claim to use an amount of pressure equivalent to checking for ripeness in a tomato, for example. Many use an adjusting tool like the Activator, a handheld spring-loaded thumping device. The latest model, a cordless electric version, costs a little over $1,500.

(Video) Spine Surgeon Reacts to INFANT Chiropractic Manipulations

Sadly, the gentler approach so common in pediatric chiropractic isn’t ubiquitous. This video demonstrates a clearly painful adjustment of a 2-week-old infant using more substantial pressure. Here is another, which at the 2:00 mark shows a painful jerking adjustment of the neck of a different 14-day-old baby.

Is there evidence for newborn chiropractic care?

As with most indications for chiropractic intervention touted by practitioners, there is very little actual science to support their claims. If the basis of a treatment is finding and correcting the fictional chiropractic subluxation, then there is a lack of plausibility such that efforts to investigate the treatments have been and continue to be a waste of time and money. Treatment provided by chiropractors that is not subluxation-based often consist of other forms of alternative medicine such as acupuncture and herbal or homeopathic remedies that are equally unsound.

In the case of newborn care specifically, there is very little literature to evaluate. What does exist consists mostly of case reports, uncontrolled studies, and systematic reviews published in questionable journals. Thousands of anecdotes and testimonials are available on the websites of individual chiropractic practices however. I very recently stumbled on this study, which revealed to me that chiropractors are diagnosing “benign infant headache” in 2-day-old babies. It is a perfect example of how woefully inadequate their training in pediatric medicine is.

What’s the harm in bringing a baby to the chiropractor?

The ultimate problem with newborn chiropractic care isn’t that these babies are at high risk of direct injury to their developing backbone and spinal cord from aggressive manipulations, although it is a risk and it does happen. Steve Novella has written about such a case before. Here is another scary example where a child likely had their ribs fractured by an adjustment. So it does happen.

The more concerning issue is the indirect risk of missing a serious diagnosis or trying to treat a known life or limb threatening condition, both of which would delay access to appropriate medical care. The above cited headache study is a prime example. Their description of “benign infant headache,” a diagnosis which exists only in the minds and literature of chiropractors, is a prime example of this. Chiropractors, even when they go through post-graduate training in pediatrics in order to claim special designation, obtain a small fraction of the exposure to children, let alone ill children, that pediatricians and family doctors receive. There is simply no comparison whatsoever.

Another issue is that chiropractors who see children are often either overtly anti-vaccine or sneaky about it. They provide “education” that consists only of the risks. Were they to achieve primary care practitioner status I worry that vaccine rates among the subset of infants seen by chiropractors would drop even further. Disparaging conventional medical advice is also common. More babies being seen by chiropractors would likely lead to more families questioning other standard pediatric medicine recommendations because of unwarranted fears.

Conclusion: Chiropractors have no role in newborn care

The bottom line when it comes to newborn chiropractic care is that there is no role for it under any circumstances. There is, despite the claims of many in the chiropractic community, no evidence to support any indication in children that young. And although the risk of serious traumatic injury is low overall, it is not zero. And it will increase as more infants are brought in for evaluation and treatment of phony problems like the subluxation.

(Video) Baby Gets First Chiropractic Adjustment

Their sometimes impressive demonstrations to families are packed with misinformation and are often designed specifically to bring in customers. Once a regular patient, any child who is truly ill is at risk of delayed care from a provider actually trained in pediatric medicine. And as more families are influenced by chiropractic vaccine misinformation, more children will be at risk for preventable and sometimes deadly diseases. Your child’s spine will most certainly be just fine without chiropractic care.

  • Clay Jones

    Clay Jones, M.D. is a pediatrician and a regular contributor to the Science-Based Medicine blog. He primarily cares for healthy newborns and hospitalized children, and devotes his full time to educating pediatric residents and medical students. Dr. Jones first became aware of and interested in the incursion of pseudoscience into his chosen profession while completing his pediatric residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital a decade ago. He has since focused his efforts on teaching the application of critical thinking and scientific skepticism to the practice of pediatric medicine. Dr. Jones has no conflicts of interest to disclose and no ties to the pharmaceutical industry. He can be found on Twitter as @SBMPediatrics and is the co-host of The Prism Podcast with fellow SBM contributor Grant Ritchey.The comments expressed by Dr. Jones are his own and do not represent the views or opinions of Newton-Wellesley Hospital or its administration.

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FAQs

What can a chiropractor do for a newborn? ›

Chiropractic adjustments for babies involve gentle manipulations in strategic areas that can help correct nerve problems and ease tension and strain. As their spine gets aligned properly, you are assured that there is no nerve dysfunction that can lead to reflux, breathing and sleeping difficulties, and colic symptoms.

How does chiropractic affect the brain? ›

Chiropractic can also support the brain's reaction time, how quickly your brain processes information, motor control, and much more. One study showed why: Regular spinal adjustments significantly increase activity in the prefrontal cortex. This region of your brain helps make executive decisions.

Can a chiropractor help with newborn reflux? ›

If reflux is caused by vertebral misalignment, a chiropractor will gently and gradually correct the alignment. This can help the upper valve of the baby's stomach to gain more control, and can also improve nerve function.

How do Chiropractors help babies with colic? ›

Chiropractic Care for Colic

Gentle adjustments will remove nerve interference to restore normal function of the digestive tract and support digestion to alleviate symptoms of colic. Rest assured that chiropractic care is a natural, safe, and effective way for parents to help children with colic.

Is baby chiropractic safe? ›

Chiropractors say treatments for infants and toddlers are safe and gentle — far from the explosive cracks and contortions generally associated with adult chiropractic care.

Is chiropractic good for child? ›

Chiropractic care can be beneficial for helping children to concentrate and focus better throughout the day so they don't feel so frustrated at school, which can improve their behavior as well. Adjustments will release pressure put on the spine, bones, and joints to improve a child's neural brain development.

What hormones are released after chiropractic adjustment? ›

A chiropractic adjustment delivered to the spine changes neurology and decreases the release of stress hormones. Additionally, feel-good hormones like oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin are released which allow healing to take place.

Can a chiropractor help with memory? ›

Chiropractic adjustments correct subluxations in the spine, allowing your nervous system to function as it was intended. This increases your mental capacities like memory and creativity, and improves communication from the brain to the rest of your body.

Can chiropractic help brain function? ›

The latest chiropractic research shows that spinal adjustments can improve brain function by up to 20%. More specifically, the area most improved by spinal adjustments is the prefrontal cortex.

How can I strengthen my baby's esophagus sphincter? ›

Burp your baby after every 1 to 2 ounces of formula. If you breastfeed, burp your baby after nursing from each breast. Avoid overfeeding; give your baby the amount of formula or breast milk recommended. Hold your baby upright for 30 minutes after feedings.

How do you stimulate the vagus nerve in an infant? ›

The best way to stimulate the vagus nerve is to establish breastfeeding, and let your baby mouth suitable toys or cutlery. Having a secure emotional attachment to caregivers is also important, as this activates part of the vagus nerve.

What is silent reflux in babies symptoms? ›

Symptoms of Silent Reflux in Babies

Babies with silent reflux may not spit up after feedings, making it more difficult to spot. Infants with silent reflux also often present with feeding difficulties, which can slow weight gain and even cause weight loss. In extreme cases, this can result in undernutrition.

Can a chiropractor help a baby with wind? ›

By removing restrictions through the spine, chiropractic care for babies can help ease an overstimulated baby by de-stimulating the nervous system and activating a rest and digest state. This helps babies feed, wind and sleep better.

When should I give gripe water? ›

You can give gripe water immediately after feedings to help your baby avoid gas pain. Gripe water typically has a pleasant taste, so some babies don't mind taking a dose. You might be tempted to mix gripe water with your baby's breast milk or formula.

What is colic in the United States? ›

Overview. Colic is frequent, prolonged and intense crying or fussiness in a healthy infant. Colic can be particularly frustrating for parents because the baby's distress occurs for no apparent reason and no amount of consoling seems to bring any relief.

How soon can babies see a chiropractor? ›

Your baby can start chiropractic from birth but it may be advisable to wait a bit. "There is no minimum age for chiropractic care, but most practitioners prefer to work with babies who are at least a few weeks old," notes Dr. Hruby.

When should babies see a chiropractor? ›

Kimberly Nelson, who is certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, recommends that a newborn baby be seen by a pediatric chiropractor in the first two weeks after birth.

Why do babies need chiropractors? ›

The space in the womb gets cramped up as the due date for birth approaches. After birth, some kids may suffer slight vertebra misalignment that may hinder proper development and growth. Chiropractic care can correct the problem, even right after birth.

Do C section babies need chiropractor? ›

Even if the baby is born via c-section, pediatric chiropractic care can help remove the effects of birth trauma. In our office, Dr. Christina has extensive experience in working with infants and helping their nervous systems heal.

Why is chiropractic important for kids? ›

Children with a properly aligned spine and neck tend to have better posture and be in better overall health. Chiropractic not only helps align the spine and neck, but also helps to clear the neural pathways. This helps the nervous system to perform well, which is vital to healthy living.

How do toxins leave the body after chiropractor? ›

Specifically, these toxins build up in pockets of air around the spinal cord. This is the cause of the popping or cracking sound resulting form an adjustment — it is these pockets of air bursting, which can result in the release of toxins.

What should I avoid after chiropractic adjustment? ›

After your adjustment, you don't want your body to immediately revert to the same position it was in. Avoid sitting for long periods of time after seeing the chiropractor, if possible, and enjoy the mobility that your adjustment has created by going for a long walk, or take a bike ride.

What happens to the body after a chiropractic adjustment? ›

After the procedure

Some people experience minor side effects for a few days after chiropractic adjustment. These may include headaches, fatigue or pain in the parts of the body that were treated.

How does chiropractic help ADHD? ›

Another study found that chiropractic care reduced overt behavior activity by more than 70%, and 57% of the participant's parents reported lower levels of hyperactivity. Since chiropractors are focused on total wellness, they also may recommend therapies to complement spinal adjustments, like dietary changes.

Can chiropractic help dementia? ›

Neurologically-based chiropractic care can bring about significant improvements in Alzheimer's and dementia symptoms, as well as a slew of other ailments, pain points, or health concerns, so give Dr.

Can chiropractic affect hormones? ›

A spine that is out of alignment can affect these nerves and inhibit your endocrine system's ability to regulate your body's hormone levels. A chiropractor can help restore a hormone imbalance by performing a spinal readjustment. This addresses the root cause of your imbalance and helps the body restore itself.

Is chiropractic good for nervous system? ›

Chiropractic care can positively impact your nervous system, spine, brain and organ functioning, and can provide overall health and well-being benefits.

How do chiropractic adjustments affect the nervous system? ›

Chiropractic therapy works on the nervous system, stimulating it to release various chemicals and hormones that regulate blood pressure and flow, calm the brain and reduce inflammation (24).

How can I treat my baby's reflux naturally? ›

Lifestyle and home remedies
  1. Feed your baby in an upright position. Also hold your baby in a sitting position for 30 minutes after feeding, if possible. ...
  2. Try smaller, more-frequent feedings. ...
  3. Take time to burp your baby. ...
  4. Put baby to sleep on his or her back.
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What is the best medicine for acid reflux in babies? ›

Infants with suspected gastroesophageal reflux disease might benefit from an acid-suppressing medicine. Omeprazole (Prilosec) and lansoprazole (Prevacid) have been best studied in infants. If the symptoms do not improve significantly within a few weeks, the medicine usually should be stopped.

Is warm or cold milk better for reflux? ›

* Cold milk: Milk is another excellent way to combat acidity. Milk absorbs acid formation in the stomach, stopping any reflux or burning sensation in the gastric system. Anytime you feel an acid formation in the stomach or heartburn coming on, have a glass of plain cold milk without any additives or sugar.

What happens when you stimulate vagus nerve? ›

It's called vagus nerve stimulation. Surgeons implant a device near the collarbone and run a wire to the vagus nerve. When the device fires it stimulates that nerve to send signals to the brain. This increases activity in areas that control mood.

How do you exercise the vagus nerve? ›

Singing, Humming, Chanting and Gargling

The vagus nerve is connected to your vocal cords and the muscles at the back of your throat. Singing, humming, chanting and gargling can activate these muscles and stimulate your vagus nerve. And this has been shown to increase heart-rate variability and vagal tone (12).

When is the vagus nerve fully developed? ›

Morphological studies demonstrate a rapid developmental increase in total number of myelinated vagal fibers from 24 weeks through adolescence with the greatest increases observed from approximately 30-32 weeks of gestational age to approximately 6 months postpartum (see Sachis, Armstrong, Becker, & Bryan, 1982).

What is the best formula for reflux? ›

Hydrolyzed protein formulas are made from cow's milk with ingredients that are easily broken down for better digestion. These formulas are the most effective in reducing acid reflux, so they're often recommended for infants with food allergies.

How do you know if it's colic or reflux? ›

With a baby that vomits or spits up a lot, it's relatively easy to understand that the baby may have reflux, where as a baby that might just have excessive bouts of crying but is rarely sick and still gains weight would often be deemed to just have 'colic'.

How do you burp a reflux baby? ›

The best way to burp a baby experiencing reflux is by holding them with their tummy side against your chest and burping them over your shoulder. This will allow for removal of trapped gas and acid from your baby's system before giving them further milk to drink.

Why would a baby need a chiropractor? ›

Chiropractic adjustments can be a natural and effective way of relieving many of the symptoms that cause discomfort for your baby. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help manage ear infections, acid reflux, latching/breastfeeding problems, moodiness, colic/irritability, among others.

Should babies be adjusted? ›

Some infant's are extremely fussy, some have trouble sleeping comfortably through the night and some develop ear pain and infections early on. Chiropractors attribute these problems with misalignment in the spine and proper adjustment can help the newborn sleep better through the night as well as overall better growth.

Can a chiropractor help with breastfeeding? ›

Gentle chiropractic adjustments can relieve pressure on a newborn baby and allow adequate breastfeeding to ensure your baby is receiving the essential nutrients that comes with breastfeeding.

Do C section babies need chiropractor? ›

Even if the baby is born via c-section, pediatric chiropractic care can help remove the effects of birth trauma. In our office, Dr. Christina has extensive experience in working with infants and helping their nervous systems heal.

What are the benefits of chiropractor? ›

What are the benefits of a chiropractic adjustment?
  • Helps minimize migraines and neck-related headaches.
  • Improves your posture.
  • Reduces pain and improves range of motion of your spine and other joints.
  • Reduces symptoms of chronic conditions like osteoarthritis.
  • Treats minor neck or spine injuries, especially whiplash.
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How do you adjust a baby? ›

Here are some way to make coping with a newborn a lot easier.
  1. Consider your priorities. Write them down and keep the list where you can see it. ...
  2. Batch cook when pregnant. ...
  3. Make lists. ...
  4. Don't lose perspective. ...
  5. Keep nappies and changes of clothes close by. ...
  6. Accept offers of help from visitors. ...
  7. Try a baby sling. ...
  8. Relax.

How old should a baby be to go to the chiropractor? ›

The simple answer is you can take your child to a chiropractor when he is a few months old. Most chiropractors see children who are below 18 years, and some see babies below two years old. Infants and young children can benefit from chiropractic care.

What does adjustment mean for babies? ›

So, what does it mean to “adjust for prematurity”? This is also known as corrected age, and it means you are tracking your child's milestones not by their actual age, but by the age that they would be if they had been born on their due date.

Can adjustments help babies sleep? ›

By administering infant chiropractic adjustments, an infant chiropractor can help your baby feel more comfortable, which can lead to better sleep for the whole family. Evidence suggests that chiropractic adjustments can help promote brain and nerve development which can lead to overall brain health for your baby.

How do chiropractors get babies to poop? ›

But, there is another option for treating newborn constipation and digestive issues: chiropractic. Chiropractic care in non-invasive and does not involve medications. Instead, very light adjustments to the child's spine and neck are employed to relieve constipation and digestive issues.

How much does a chiropractor cost? ›

Everyone's situation is different, and of course, chiropractors are different too. In general, chiropractic services can cost anywhere from about $30 to several hundred dollars per appointment. The average fee to see a chiropractor is approximately $65 per visit.

How do doctors feel about chiropractors? ›

Historically, the medical associations have demonstrated resentment to any other community treating the ill. So first and foremost, it started out as a turf war. Secondarily, Medical Doctors don't really understand what Chiropractors do, as they were not trained in spinal manipulation techniques.

What cranial nerves are involved in breastfeeding? ›

There are 3 cranial nerves that are responsible for these functions: The glossopharyngeal nerve controls the muscles of the pharynx, the vagus nerve controls the palate, and the hypoglossal nerve governs the tongue. A reduction in function of these 3 cranial nerves can potentially result in suckling problems.

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