Resolution of Breastfeeding Difficulties With Chiropractic

Why Is My Baby Refusing To Latch? Can Chiropractic Help Latching Problems During Breastfeeding?

A study published on April 25, 2016, in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health documented the case of an infant who was having difficulties with breastfeeding being helped with chiropractic care.

Resolution of Breastfeeding Difficulties With Chiropractic Austin TX Chiropractor Pregnancy Infant LatchingThe authors of this study begin by noting the seriousness of breastfeeding problems. Breastfeeding difficulties in the newborn can have dire consequences. Beyond the obvious need for sustenance, studies indicate that breastfed infants have fewer ear and respiratory tract infections, diarrheal illnesses, and atopic skin disorders.

In this case, a 2-week-old boy was brought to the chiropractor for help with difficulties of latching to breastfeed. The infant had not had any previous medical care for this problem and was not on any medication. Examination of the baby’s abdomen and lungs were normal, as were his neurological reflexes.

The history also showed that the baby was born vaginally by vacuum extraction. In many cases, this procedure can lead to damage and nerve impingement of the structure of the upper neck. This process is known as subluxation.

Palpation of the spine along with visual inspection led to the conclusion that multiple subluxations were present in this infant’s spine. With parental consent, the infant started receiving specific forms of adjustments designed for infants.

The study reports that the infant started showing improvement early in care. Over a period of four months, the infant continued to improve to the point where there was no longer a problem breastfeeding.

The authors reviewed additional literature on chiropractic helping breastfeeding problems and found 24 articles and research on this issue showing similar findings to their own. A common thread through all these studies was the finding of subluxations in the child or infant’s spine. Correction of the subluxations led to the positive results.

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a better functioning nervous system, please call us at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson.


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Infant Diagnosed with Failure to Thrive Helped with Chiropractic

The December 17, 2015, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a study documenting the case of an infant who was medically diagnosed with failure to thrive being helped with chiropractic.

Infant Diagnosed with Failure to Thrive Helped with Chiropractic - Austin TX Pediatric Chiropractor Kids Babies ChildrenThe authors of the study describe failure to thrive (FTT) as infants who cannot maintain growth or have inadequate growth. The condition is fairly common affecting approximately 3-10% of children attending care in a hospital setting and 5-10% of children attended to in a primary care setting.

This may be due to disease, or not enough calories in the infant’s diet or even an infant that burns too many calories. The study reports that 80% of all cases have no known underlying medical conditions for the FTT. Because of the lack of clear medical treatment, the study reports that many parents turn to alternatives such as chiropractic, in these situations.

In this case, a 5-month-old infant girl with a medical diagnosis of “failure to thrive” was brought to the chiropractor. The infant girl was also suffering with inconsolable crying, chronic diarrhea, and was dangerously underweight.

The infant’s mother reported that her daughter’s problems began at the age of two months when she was brought to the pediatrician for a stomach virus, oral thrush, and loose green stools. Medication was prescribed but was ineffective as the infant continued to suffer from green-colored diarrhea and weight loss for the next six weeks.

The problem worsened to the point that the medical recommendation to the infant’s mother was surgical insertion of feeding tubes into her child’s stomach. It was at this point that the mother decided to try chiropractic for her daughter.

A chiropractic examination revealed the presence of subluxations in the infant’s upper neck. Subluxations can cause interference to normal nerve function and have an effect on overall physiology. Chiropractic adjustments were begun to correct the subluxations and restore normal nerve function.

After the the infant’s first chiropractic adjustment, her mother noted that her daughter slept several hours continuously, without waking up and crying. After the third adjustment, the child stopped the daily screaming, and her stools started to return to normal. After one week of care, the child had gained 2 oz. Each successive week, the child’s rate of weight gain continued to increase until the child had returned to a normal weight. A five year follow-up showed that the child was normal, in good heath, and properly developed for her age.

In their conclusion, the authors wrote, ” This case report provides supporting evidence on the effectiveness of chiropractic care in infants with a failure to thrive. We encourage further research and theoretical development on this approach to patient care via the detection and removal of spinal subluxation.”

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a better functioning nervous system, please call us at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson.


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Violent Outbursts Reduced in a 10-Year-Old Boy with Chiropractic Care

Do Chiropractors See Kids? Can Chiropractic Care Help With My Child’s Behavior?

In the November 2014 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics is a case report documenting behavioral improvement in a boy after chiropractic care.  The authors note that although there have been numerous studies on children who were diagnosed with a variety of conditions that are associated with behavioral issues, this is the only study of its kind where the subject did not have such a prior diagnosis.

Violent Outbursts Reduced in a 10-Year-Old Boy with Chiropractic Care | Austin TX ChiropractorIn this case, a 10-year-old boy was brought to the chiropractor because of behavioral issues. It was reported that the boy would go from  being calm and relaxed to sudden outbreaks of violence. His mother also reported that he suffered from frequent panic attacks and periods of anxiety. The boy had been suspended from several schools, and was only allowed to attend his present school for 50 minutes each day.  Due to being out of school so much, he was not given an evaluation that may have led to a diagnosis.  He was also having difficulty sleeping and was unable to sleep by himself in a room.

The history showed that he had a difficult birth and had suffered from multiple ear infections and tubes placed in his ears as a small child. He also had a history of bowel issues suffering with both constipation and diarrhea.  He was given medication for his behavior, but that was discontinued as it caused weight gain.

The boy’s mother was given a questionnaire to rate and document her son’s condition and any changes from chiropractic care. This questionnaire was repeated regularly during care to evaluate any changes. Initially, she rated her son’s issues at the highest level of severity.  Chiropractic care was then begun with specific chiropractic spinal adjustments being administered.

By the fourth visit, the mother reported that she started to notice a significant change in her son’s behavior. By the ninth visit, her son had improved by over 80% as rated by the questionnaire. At the time of this report, the boy still had some violent outbursts. However, these were fewer and easier to get him out of than before his chiropractic care.  The boy’s mother also reported that her son was sleeping better and was able to sleep in his own bed.  He had no panic attacks, and his eating and bowel issues had improved.

The study authors concluded by writing: “This case report demonstrates that chiropractic spinal adjustments, the only treatment being rendered, were effective in improving the child’s behavior. This study suggests that chiropractic care helped to reduce violent outbreaks as well as to improve the patient’s sleep, with additional improvements to satiety and frequency of panic attacks.”

To see if chiropractic care can help with your child’s behavior or if you or someone you know suffers with similar issues, call (512) 452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson today.

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