Not sleeping well
Difficulty breast feeding
Birth can be very traumatic for both mum and child, especially when intervention is needed, and extra force is used such as C Section or Forceps. Although they are great tools and some babies and mums wouldn’t be here without them they can cause a lot of stress to a new baby.
Birth trauma alone in my eyes is enough to warrant a visit to a chiropractor even if your baby is ‘completely fine’. Having your neck pulled, getting stuck, being involved in a surgical procedure so early in life is surely going to have some effect on the movement of those tiny bones in your neck and back.
Here are some signs that your baby could do with a check up.
Having a strong neck. Head control should come in around the 4 -week mark for newborns. So, if your baby has always had a strong neck it could be muscle tension that is allowing this to happen.
Always sleeping with the head turned one way or unable to turn head both way freely. Again, if your baby can’t freely turn its head or favors one side this could be a sign of joint dysfunction and muscle tension.
Stiffness when bending legs up at change time. We should easily be able to push a baby’s knees into its chest without meeting resistant, if you struggle with nappy changes because his/hers legs are stiff and tight then chiropractic may be able to help this.
Arching of the back / dislike for tummy time. Arching suggests again that there is built up tension in the spine and again if babies resist tummy time this could be due to muscle tightness making this position uncomfortable.
As a chiropractor I am trained (and have done further pediatric training) to remove stress from the body and restore proper movement to those joints in the neck and spine, I even do cranial work as well. We do not ‘crack’ babies and the force we use is about the same as you would comfortable touch your eyelid with or check the ripeness of a tomato – which I think we can all agree if a baby can handle the birth process they will cope with that pressure just fine.