When an infant cries he or she needs something. Sometimes, it’s food, sometimes water, sometimes a changed diaper. And sometimes we can’t figure out what’s wrong. When a child cries a lot, doesn’t sleep very well and is colicky that is his or her way of telling you something is wrong. According to a study done recently by Viola Frymann D.O., “90% of newborns suffer the effects of birth trauma: associated strain through the neck and cranial area following birth. Dr. Frymann studied more than 1,500 babies within the first 5 days of life.”
The birthing process can be quite traumatic. Even the most natural birthing processes can result in trauma that may go undetected for years. Of the 90% of babies with birth trauma, only 10% had trauma so severe it was evident at birth. That means 80% of babies grow into childhood with some degree of strain that keeps them from achieving their full potential.
But how can I tell if my baby has birth trauma?
All babies should be examined for cranial and neck injuries right after birth. According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, there are 3 major signals that your baby is suffering from some degree of neck or cranial strain. Signs that you need to bring your baby to a chiropractor who cares for infants.
- His head tilts to one side, even after you straighten it
- She seems to have difficulty turning her neck to one side
- He has difficulty settling down or sleeping soundly
There are many causes of birth trauma, the 8 most common are:
- Very short labor
- Very long labor
- The use of Pitocin to strengthen/induce uterine contractions
- Pain medications
- Restricted maternal birthing positions
- Pulling or twisting on the head to deliver the infants body
- The use of forceps or vacuum extraction
- Cesarean delivery
If you have just had a baby and want to know how healthy he or she is, bring her in to see me. I am trained in specific gentle chiropractic techniques for treating babies.
My baby seems to be doing just fine
Birth trauma in an infant is not evident to an untrained observer. Each birth is unique but there is always a chance your baby suffers from birth trauma. This is a problem that is very undiagnosed and under-publicized, according to researcher G Gutmann. If only 10% of infants born each year do not suffer from birth trauma, wouldn’t it be wise to make sure your baby is one of that healthy 10%?
If you leave birth trauma uncorrected it will impact your child’s spinal development, reduce the optimum function of her nervous system, and create health challenges down the road. Challenges that could have been prevented in the first place.
Is your baby having nursing difficulties, not sleeping well, constipated, or is she unable to be soothed and settled? These are all indications that something is wrong. Call and make an appointment to let me help you gently find the solutions to your baby’s problems.
At Allegan county Chiropractic I am committed to bringing health to our children. I look forward to seeing you and your little one soon.