Nerve irritation, (otherwise known as vertebral subluxations) or nerve dysfunction can occur as a result of the physically stressful birthing process. Also consider that an infant, with little to no control of their neck muscles, may have a neck or spinal injury as a result of their little heads bouncing from side-to-side or falling forward or back.
For babies, nerve irritation or dysfunction may show symptoms such as colic, reflux, difficulty breathing, nursing or sleeping and even a delay in reaching developmental milestones.
In the first year in a baby’s life:
- Their spine lengthens by 50%
- Spinal curvature development essential to movement, balance, posture and protection occurs
- 65% of brain and nervous system development takes place
With all this growth and development, it’s really no wonder that good infant spinal health is essential as a building block for a lifetime of good spinal health.
Chiropractors are trained in special pediatric techniques to carefully correct any subluxations. Infants can be assessed by chiropractors within a month of birth and it is recommended to see a chiropractor every 3 months during a baby’s first year.
If you have any questions about your infant’s spinal health, please call us to make an appointment. We’d love you to join our ‘Wellness Family’.