It’s never too early to bring your child to the chiropractor. We treat all ages at Lewis Family Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Westminster, MD, and that includes infants. We’ve been seeing a lot of infants lately, and we can treat them for sleep issues, intestinal issues and other problems.

Infants just minutes old are often checked by the family chiropractor and it’s not uncommon to stop by the chiropractor’s office on the way home from the hospital. The birthing process is physically strenuous for both mom and baby, so it’s best to get them both cared for as soon as possible afterwards. Even the safest of births can potentially lead to misalignments of the baby’s spine. The expertise of the chiropractor is in checking the baby’s spine for these misalignments that impair nervous system function therefore affecting overall body function.

Latching difficulties. The atlas is the topmost bone of the cervical spine and when it’s misaligned the baby will often only turn his/her head one way, thus making it difficult to latch on one side compared to the other. Also, there is a neurological connection between the atlas and the jaw, resulting in poor latching if the atlas is misaligned.

Spitting up all over the place. The area of the spine where the diaphragm attaches also happens to be a transitional part of the spine. If this area becomes restricted, the diaphragm can become restricted in its normal movements affecting the esophagus, which passes through it to the stomach. *Side note: Please don’t forget to ask us about common food allergies, also a very common cause of spitting up.

Your baby is NOT sleeping well. Physical discomfort caused by spinal misalignments can make them very uncomfortable. Especially ones that restrict their movements and cause dural tension to their spinal cord.

Adjusting an infant’s spine is very different from a grown-up; it is very gentle with only light pressure applied. Just like an adult adjustment, it is very safe but should be performed by a chiropractor with experience in pediatric chiropractic care. If you would like to have your infant seen in your office, or have some questions about chiropractic treatment for infants, please give our office a call today at 410-876-8885.