3 Benefits Chiropractic Care Will Bring to Your Infant

Posted on: 19 May 2021

If chiropractic care can go such a long way preventing pain and discomfort in adulthood, just think about the benefits your child will get if they begin seeing a chiropractor as an infant. While most chiropractors tend to treat adults, there are more and more paediatric chiropractors out there who are specially trained to perform natural treatments on infants and children safely. If you're on the fence about taking your little one to a chiropractor while they're still a baby, here are three marvellous benefits you can expect.

1. Alleviates infant reflux

Did you know that birth can be just as rough to recover from for your baby as it was for you? During the first few months of infant development, many babies experience common health problems that may not be serious but can be uncomfortable. Chiropractic care can be a big help here. For example, infant GERD (gastroesophageal reflux) is a common condition that can cause your baby discomfort despite not being serious. GERD can lead to vomiting and spitting up, difficulty feeding, pain and more. With a simple vertebra adjustment, chiropractors may be able to treat your baby's reflux, returning their young digestive system to normal function.

2. Eases colic symptoms 

Colic—the term for frequent and prolonged distress or crying in a healthy baby—is another common condition that can be alleviated by a paediatric chiropractor. There are many possible causes of colic, from spasms related to digestive system growth to sensitivity or overstimulation. A chiropractor will be able to handle digestive colic with a technique that includes gently manipulating the baby's muscles and stimulating the intestines, aiding the movement of fluid and gas and helping your baby digest food properly. Chiropractic care is also known to increase relaxation and comfort, which can help soothe babies who are sensitive or overstimulated by everyday sights and sounds. 

3. Improves motor skills

Infants may not be able to walk just yet, but their early motor development is also incredibly important. A paediatric chiropractor can help a baby develop motor skills and improve muscle strength by gently stimulating the muscles and correcting any subluxations that could be causing motor issues. Even babies can suffer from poor postural alignment that causes discomfort in their extremities; a hip adjustment or a correction of leg alignment can help your little one position themselves more comfortably on a daily basis. While you may not notice the benefits now, all this will help your baby get walking and running with ease when the time comes.