Chiropractic Care for Children part 1

I was asked the other day by a friend from my moms group to write about chiropractic care and children. My immediate response was everyone needs chiropractic care it does so much for your body and healthy if you understand what a chiropractor can do for you, you would then wonder why you have been going to the MD all the time. Below is my explanation though it maybe lengthy about Why kids need chiropractic care.

First Let;s discuss the premise in which chiropractic is built upon. Chiropractors believe that the relationship between your spine and nervous system is very important and when there is dysfunction or misalignment in your spine this can cause dysfunction in your nervous system (NS). By locating and removing this spinal misalignment your NS can communicate correctly with your body and function at it’s highest potential.

Why Do Kids Need Chiropractic?

A child encounters many physical stresses during their growing years. The resulting problems in children’s spines can occur at almost any point in their development and growth.

The earliest challenge a growing spine faces is the position it is forced to adopt in utero. Many women will experience varying fetal positions such as breech or brow that can cause problems during labor . What is less well known is that these foetal positions can also cause problems in the baby’s spine as well. Spinal segments can be pushed out of place or jammed by the position of the baby in the womb. If this position is less than optimal, it can result in a longer and more difficult trip through the birth canal.  In this way, even natural birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and nervous system.  Interventions such as induction, forceps, vonteuse suction, or ceasarean section can also impact the baby’s spine. These interventions are very common in the US and often result in a traumatic birth for the child, can actually create additional traumas and compromises to the infant’s future health and well-being.

The cause of many newborn health complaints such as colic, reflux, breastfeeding difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions, and chronic infections can often be traced to nervous system irritation caused by spinal and cranial misalignments.

Since significant spinal trauma can occur at, or prior to birth, many parents elect to have their newborn’s spine checked right after birth. Many developmental milestones such as learning to hold up the head, sitting upright, crawling, and walking are all activities that are affected by spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a chiropractor. Additionally, falls, sports injuries, playground bumps, heavy school bags and sitting all day in the classroom are all physical stresses to the growing child’s spine and nervous system.

 

Food allergies: the low down.

A recent discussion with a mom in our office lead me to think about food allergies. Why does it seem like every child has an allergy to something these days. Whether it be dairy, peanuts or some other commonly consumed food.  Thinking back I could not name a single child in my grade school classes that had to have a special snack on birthdays. I also recently toured daycares in which two were sure to point out that they were peanut free schools. When did this happen? What has changed in our recent generation? I went looking for answers

First let’s define a food allergy. A food allergy is an aggressive response from the human immune system to a perceived threat. In layman’s terms it is like the FBI, CIA and National Guard responding to a school yard dispute. I would call this an over reaction to a normally helpful system. This over response in the human body is called inflammation. There are different degrees of this inflammatory response which determines the severity of the allergy. The most drastic response is called anaphylaxis this is when the whole body begins to repond and the throat will swell making breathing difficult.  

Now we should discuss the signs of an allergic reaction. Many parents think of only anaphylaxis  as an allergic reaction but really there are many signs. below is a list for you to watch for when introducing your child to new foods:

  • itchiness, rashes, or hives
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal cramping with or without nausea/vomitting
  • Dizziness/Lightheadedness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Elevated pulse
  • Any out of the ordinary behavior or signs, especially in children

There are about 8 high allergy foods or foods that commonly cause the above symptoms. The 8 most common are milk (or milk products such as butter) eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, eggs shellfish, soy and wheat.  Less common but still significant causes are MSG, food dyes and additives. 

So, why the sudden rise in food allergies? I researched and found a couple of probable causes. It is likely caused by the fact that almost every food that our children come in contact with has been exposed to pesticides or food additives. Also, many of the foods we consume today are genetically modified These changes in how our foods are raised and processed has not been tested as to its full affects on the human body. Therefore, these changes in health could be attributed to the changes in how our food is raised and processed. It was said best by Ann Wigmore “the food you eat can either be the best most powerful for of medicine or the slowest form of poison” 

Now you may be thinking if my child has an allergy what do I do? The best way to prevent a reaction is to avoid the allergy all together. 

Don’t know if your child is reacting to a certain food? Eliminate the food from their diet for three weeks. After three weeks the substance should be eliminating from their bodies. Re-introduce the food or substance to your child and watch for any sign of physical or emotion change. 

How do I prevent allergies? Eating organic eliminates many genetically modified and pesticide filled foods. Also getting regular chiropractic adjustments help boost the immune system. Also, reading labels and educating yourself on the substances in foods will help you determine if a food is safe for your family. 

We here at Connected Family Chiropractic strive to keep your families healthy and keep you informed on up to date research and knowledge from the health profession. If you aren’t under chiropractic care and wish to start cal us today! 770-518-0990

WELCOME !

I would like to take a moment and welcome all of you to our new blog. We are so excited to be expanding our office to reach so many more through this blog. We will discuss many health topics as well as positive thinking and affirmations. If there is a topic you would like to see discussed that isn’t being addressed please email us we are always looking for new ideas. Our first informative but fun post will be up in the next few days please stay tuned