Infants and Children

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Chiropractic care is essential for infants, babies, & children. Think of chiropractic care as you would good nutritional care—always essential for your child’s health.

If your child has any of these conditions make sure his or her spine is healthy:

Fever

Colic

Croup

Learning disorders

Poor posture

Nervousness

Constipation

Bed-wetting

Weakness or fatigue

Allergies

Sinus trouble

Stomachache

Loss of hearing

Ear infections

Arthritis

Numbness

Irritability

Headaches

Neck aches

Backaches

Sore throat

Eye problems

Cough
Skin disorders

Asthma

Wheezing

Scoliosis or curvature

Neurological conditions

Bronchitis

Frequent colds

Muscular dystrophy

Cerebral palsy

Poor concentration

Arm and hand pain

Painful joints

Hip, leg and foot pain

Shoulder pain

Clumsiness

A foot turned in our out

One leg shorter

Unusual behavior

“Chiropractic care for my child? Why? His back doesn’t hurt.” Parents who often appreciate the importance of checkups for their child’s teeth, hearing, eyes, ears, nose and throat draw a blank when it comes to the spine.
A spinal checkup could be one of the most important of your child’s life! Why? The jumping, falling, running, and bumping of a normal childhood often cause vertebral subluxations, with serious health consequences if uncorrected.[1] In addition, the birth process puts tremendous stress on the newborn’s spine that could lead to many health problems.[2]
For over a century doctors of chiropractic have reported dramatic responses of infants and children to chiropractic care, often after drugs and surgery had no effect.
Today we find more parents bringing their children to doctors of chiropractic for spinal checkups. Without chiropractic care some children will live in continued sickness, condemned to a life of medications and perhaps even surgery. With a healthy spinal column, a child’s body can better deal with the sore throats, ear infections, stomachaches, fevers, measles, mumps and the hundred-and-one other problems that often make up young life.

Emotionally Healthy Children

Clinicians and parents have observed often dramatic improvements in the physical, neurological and emotional health of children following chiropractic spinal care. This includes children with learning disabilities, anxiety, concentration and attention problems, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder (ADD), dyslexia, discipline problems, low IQ and low grades.[3][4][5][6][7]
For many of the millions of school children in the United States alone who suffer from a learning impairment, chiropractic holds promise as a non-drug alternative. All children with learning disabilities and similar problems need a chiropractic spinal checkup.

Ear Infections

   By the age of three, over two-thirds of all children have had one or more ear infections. There are numerous problems with antibiotic usage for children with ear infections such as allergic reactions, GI upset, antibiotic resistance and destruction of the gut’s intestinal flora leading to yeast proliferation. Tubes in the ears are mostly antibiotic/medical failures with infections returning within two months and the tubes can cause hearing loss years later.
Children with ear infections need chiropractic adjustments. In many cases ear infections are observed to disappear after spinal care, saving children from ear-tube surgery and antibiotics.
A common example if that of 2 and 4-year old sisters with chronic ear infections who had received numerous courses of antibiotics over at least two years with no improvement. After adjustments the mother reported that both children were “doing much better” and the children had no more ear infections. [8] Other case studies include: a baby boy 6-months-old who was scheduled for ear tubes. His ear infection completely cleared after one adjustment and tubes were never inserted. Also, two girls ages 3 and 4 with chronic ear infections and upper respiratory dysfunction received adjustments and no more ear infections occurred since their first visit. [9]

Keeping your child’s spine free from vertebral subluxations will help your child’s natural defenses against disease.


[1]  Wrightson P, McGinn V, Gronwell D. Mild head injury in preschool children: evidence that can be associated with  a persisting cognitive defect. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 1995;59:375-380.

[2]  Gutman G. Blocked atlantal nerve syndrome in babies and infants. Manuelle Medizin. 1987;25:5-10.

[3]  Giesen JM, Center DB & Leach RA. An evaluation of chiropractic manipulation as a treatment of hyperactivity in children. JMPT.1989;12:353-363.

[4]   Walton EV. Chiropractic effectiveness with emotional, learning and behavioral impairments. ICA Review. 1975;29:2-5,21-22.

[5]  Phillips CJ. Case study: the effect of utilizing spinal manipulation and craniosacral therapy as the treatment approach for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Proceedings of the National Conference on Chiropractic and Pediatrics. 1991;57-74.

[6]  Gibbons PF, Gosling CM, Holmes M. The short-term effects of cervical manipulation on edge light pupil cycle time: a pilot study.JMPT. 2000;23(7):465-469.

[7]  Lewit K. Functional disorders (fixations) of the spine in children. Manuelle Therapie. Leipzig: Barth. 197333;50-54.

[8]  Hochman J. The management of acute otitis media using SOT and SOT craniopathy. Today’s Chiropractic. May/June 2001;41-42.

[9]  Hochman J. The management of acute otitis media using SOT and SOT cranial. Sorsi Communicator. 2001;14(2).