Chiropractors have been adjusting children’s spines for more than 100 years. When considering the use of any health care procedure, the benefits must be weighed against the risks. Chiropractic care has many proven benefits and malpractice insurance coverage has identified chiropractic as having an excellent safety record with low risk.
The adjustments should begin even before the baby is born. The advantages of the mother having a properly aligned pelvis can assist in having a safe vaginal birth. During the last trimester of the pregnancy, if the pelvis is subluxated, the fetus can be in a malposition, causing in-utero constraint. This could make for a difficult birth. A chiropractor can position the mother’s pelvis to allow for the fetus to be in the proper position for a safer delivery.
The evaluation for the baby can and should begin right after the baby is born. Even with a normal, noncomplicated birth, there is stress to a baby’s spine and nervous system. If an adjustment is needed, a nonforce pressure is given and kept to a minimum. From this day forward, children should be checked for subluxations on a regular basis by their chiropractor.
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