Adjusting Infants and Children
As a family practice chiropractor, I often get asked when is the best time to have your child adjusted. There are many appropriate milestones in a child’s life when they should be getting an adjustment and I follow this with my own daughter. Here is a link on our website talking in more medical terms about a child’s adjustment schedule.
One of the most important times to get a child adjusted is postpartum about a month after birth; it can be earlier if breast-feeding or colicky issues are present. The postpartum check-up is important since birth can be a very athletic event on both mom and baby and sometimes muscles and joints will get strained causing minor issues like constipation or reduced nerve function. Since this is a period in a babies life where rapid growth takes place, you want your little one to be in optimal health.
The youngest baby I have adjusted in my practice was 4 hours old, and he slept through the entire procedure, in which I used only my fingers. And with gentle pressure and craniosacral therapy, major adjustments can be made to a little ones nervous system to improve body function, neurologic response and overall health.
For my own daughter, I adjusted her immediately as she rested on my chest right after birth, even though I promised myself I wouldn’t; but in that moment holding her I just couldn’t help myself and my finger’s kind of naturally went to work.
Zara receives adjustments periodically, mostly after major falls and I check her monthly. While most of us don’t have a chiropractor that live with them, we do recommend that you get your little one checked 2 times a year just like you would get your teeth cleaned.
Here is a picture of Zara and Dr. Walker playing on the chiropractic table.