Chiropractic Care for Babies
Chiropractic is very safe and effective in treating the newborn baby. Conditions successfully treated are: reflux, colic, restlessness, enuresis, difficulty passing stool, and sleeping problems.
Chiropractic is the largest, most established and widely licensed of the health care professions. Chiropractic emphasizes the innate, intrinsic recuperative power of the body to heal and reach its individual full mental, emotional and physical potential without the use of man-made chemicals / toxins/drugs and also without the removal of body tissue.
The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated primarily the nerve system) and how that relationship affects normal progression of human potential and the restoration of health.
Chiropractors have cared for children in the course of general practice since the origin of the profession. Chiropractic education and training specifically in pediatrics appeared at chiropractic colleges as early as the second decade of the twentieth century. Postgraduate specialization in the field of chiropractic pediatrics is a recent evolution of chiropractic clinical sciences. Chiropractic has traditionally held well childcare as the fundamental role of the profession.
All state and federal laws governing the authority and responsibilities of doctors of chiropractic provide for full access to and accountability for the care of humans of all ages, including children. Chiropractors are educated and trained in the appropriate use of currently accepted diagnostic technology and procedures including whole body physical and laboratory diagnosis, x-ray, thermography, video-fluoroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging and other standard investigative technologies and procedures as it pertains specifically to the use with children. No component of chiropractic patient care is diminished in importance when caring for a child. A doctor of chiropractic must perform a proper physical examination and a careful history and interview with the responsible family members or legal guardian. An appropriate treatment plan must be determined and individually tailored to the patient’s functional status, physiological maturity and physical development.
The doctor of chiropractic is a primary care provider, who serves as a portal-of-entry into the health care system. The chiropractor also acts as a primary care provider for the pediatric patient and is the only professional competent to evaluate the chiropractic care needs of the child. Part of the function of a primary provider is the capacity to evaluate the health care needs of the pediatric patient including the appropriate referrals to other health care professionals when such a referral is clinically warranted and will pose no potential of harm.