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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Prolonged Breastfeeding Linked to Higher IQ and Wealth in Adulthood

Is Breastfed Best? How Does Breastfeeding Help My Newborn?

The title above is from a Time article published on March 18, 2015. The article is based on a pre-released April 2015 study published in The Lancet Global Health journal titled, Association between breastfeeding and intelligence, educational attainment, and income at 30 years of age: a prospective birth cohort study from Brazil.

The Time article begins by stating, “New research suggests that breastfeeding newborns longer helps enhance brain development. Children that breastfeed for longer periods end up smarter, more educated and wealthier in adulthood…”

This study was conducted over a long period of time. It began in Brazil in 1982, and involved following 3700 babies born in five maternity hospitals in Pelotas, Brazil.  Researchers recorded how long these babies were breastfed after birth.

Prolonged Breastfeeding Linked to Higher IQ and Wealth in Adulthood - Austin TX ChiropractorApproximately 30 years later, the researchers followed up on these grown adults to see if there was a difference in life development between those that were breastfed for their first year and their counterparts that were breastfed for shorter periods of time.

The results compared those who breastfed for one year to those who breastfed for a month or less. Those babies who breastfed for one year showed a four points higher IQ level.  These individuals also usually attained one year more of education and made 15% higher income at age 30.

Lead author Bernardo Lessa Horta, a professor at Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil, offers a possible explanation by saying, “Our finding that predominant breastfeeding is positively related to IQ in adulthood also suggests that the amount of milk consumed plays a role.”  He continues, “Breast-feeding not only has short-term benefits, but also breast-feeding has long-term benefits.”

In a March 18, 2015 BBC article on this research, Dr, Colin Michie, chairman of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s nutrition committee, commented, “It is important to note that breastfeeding is one of many factors that can contribute to a child’s outcomes, however, this study emphasizes the need for continued and enhanced breastfeeding promotion so expectant mothers are aware of the benefits of breastfeeding.”

In their conclusion the researchers reported, “Our results suggest that breastfeeding not only improves intelligence up to adulthood, but also has an effect at both the individual and societal level, by increasing educational attainment and earning ability.”

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.

Fussy Baby with Abnormal Head Shape, Torticollis, and Sleeping Issues Helped by Chiropractic

What Is Plagiocephaly? Can Chiropractic Help Plagiocephaly? What About Torticollis?

In the November 2014 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics is a documented case study of a baby with multiple issues, including an irregular head shape, being helped with chiropractic. Abnormal head shape is known as plagiocephaly, and can come from the pressure of being on one side excessively.

The study authors report that plagiocephaly may have become more common since the introduction of the back to sleep program in 1992, where it was recommended that infants be put to sleep only lying on their backs. They also note that one study from Canada reports the incidence of plagiocephaly at 45.6% with  21.7% being a more severe form.

Fussy Baby with Abnormal Head Shape, Torticollis, and Sleeping Issues Helped by ChiropracticIn this case, a 6-month-old baby girl was brought to the chiropractor by her mother. The mother was concerned that her baby seemed to persistently favor turning her head to the left, and that her skull was deformed in shape. The baby had a pediatric check-up just three months earlier where everything checked out fine.  One week after that examination, the baby’s issues started. The baby was also experiencing difficulty in breast feeding and problems with sleeping.

The mother brought her baby to the chiropractor to try to avoid medical care for her head shape problem. Typically, medical intervention used in these cases is helmet therapy, which involves having a baby wear a helmet for a lengthy period of time. Other medical approaches include head repositioning, botox injections into the neck muscles, or even surgery in the more extreme treatments.

A pediatric chiropractic examination was performed where it was determined that the child had multiple subluxations in the neck. To correct these subluxations, specific light force adjustments were performed over the next several weeks. Advice was also given to the mother to entice the infant to turn her head toward the opposite side.

The study reports that immediately following the first adjustment, the chiropractor and mother noticed that the infant exhibited a more willing and active motion towards her less favored side of rotation.  By the second visit, the mother reported  that her baby girl now had regular sleep patterns and was not having any episodes of regurgitation or fussiness with breast feeding.  By the age of nine months, the infant had no cranial shape abnormality detectable, and all of her other problems had completely resolved.

In their conclusion, the authors of the study wrote, “The chiropractic care of newborns could potentially be a key component in addressing the integrity of an infant’s nervous system, in a safe and conservative way.”

To understand more of how chiropractic helps neurologically with child development, please read this informative health research report entitled Strengthening Your Child’s Immune System.

If you know of a child that could benefit from seeing a chiropractor, please call 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson.

Breastfeeding Reduces Child Mortality Rate by 85%

Is Breastfeeding Best? How Does Breastfeeding Help My Child?

The headline above is from an August 10, 2014, article in The Rakyat Post, a publication from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The statistics may be unique to Kuala Lumpur, but multiple studies from all over the world have confirmed the large health benefit to an infant from breastfeeding for both increased immunity and proper infant nutrition.

Dr Farah Inaz Syed Abdullah of the Hospital Kuala Lumpur emphasized the importance of breastfeeding for nutritional purposes saying, “If children across the world were breastfed during the golden hour — that is the first hour after birth — it is estimated that one million child deaths could be avoided. This is because during this first feeding, the child will be fed colostrum, the first milk that contains the right amounts of nutrients, in the right proportions for the newborn. What makes it unique is that the amount of nutrients in breast milk changes as the baby grows.”

Breastfeeding Reduces Child Mortality Rate by 85% | Austin Pediatric DoctorAdding support for breastfeeding in reducing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Dr Maiza Tusimin, Universiti Putra Malaysia senior medical lecturer and specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology, added, “SIDS often happens to babies who were fed with infant formula through a bottle. This risk can be reduced as breast milk is given in an exclusive manner and full of attention. This is besides the fact that it also contains lipase, an enzyme that aids in the digestion of fats naturally.”

In the United States, several publications, including an article on the KMA News website from Iowa, announced that August is National Breastfeeding Month. In this article, Marian Tompson, one of the founders of the La Leche League, a consumer breastfeeding advocacy group, touted the benefits that mothers who breastfeed get from it by reducing the risk for diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, and some forms of cancer.

Tompson explained, “There have been thousands of studies during the past 50 years that confirm babies are healthier when they’re breastfed. And it makes sense because they’re getting the food that was meant for their growth and development.”

An August 1, 2014, statement on the United Nations News Centre website also points out the importance of breastfeeding immediately after birth.  Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), noted in a letter, “Immediate breastfeeding within the first hour of birth could prevent one in five unnecessary deaths. That’s more than 500,000 children every year, more than 1,500 children every day.”

Lake also added, “Breastfeeding is the foundation of good nutrition, reducing the risk of malnourishment in early childhood and the risk of obesity later in life. By supporting nutrition and strengthening the bond between mother and child, breastfeeding also supports healthy brain development.”

Chiropractic is also a great way to support brain and neurological development and to develop a strong immune system. For more information and research, please read this health research report on the Strengthening Your Child’s Immune System. To see if chiropractic care can help with your child’s immune system, call (512) 452-2525 to schedule today.

Resolution of Torticollis, Plagiocephaly & Breastfeeding Difficulties Following Chiropractic

Can Chiropractic Help Torticollis? Can Chiropractic Help Plagiocephaly? How Does Chiropractic Help Breastfeeding?

A case study published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health on April 24, 2014, documented the resolution of torticollis, plagiocephaly and breastfeeding problems in a baby who received chiropractic care.

Plagiocephaly is a flattening of a baby’s skull. This problem can lead to developmental issues as the child grows older. This can occur from the birth process itself, or can develop in the infant in the first few months. The study authors note that an increase in plagiocephaly has been reported since the “Back to Sleep” campaign was initiated by the American Academy of Pediatrics in an attempt to prevent sudden infant death syndrome.

Resolution of Torticollis, Plagiocephaly & Breastfeeding Difficulties Following ChiropracticTorticollis literally means “twisted neck” in Latin. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medline Plus website, “Torticollis is a twisted neck in which the head is tipped to one side, while the chin is turned to the other.”  The authors report that there are two types of torticollis including “Congenital Torticollis” and “Acquired Torticollis.”

In this case, an 8-month-old male baby was brought to the chiropractor with a diagnosis by his pediatrician of torticollis and plagiocephaly. The boy was one of twins, but his sibling did not share any of the same issues. At about the time of the baby’s two-month check-up, his mother noticed that her son’s back and right side of his head were a little mis-proportioned. She discussed this with the pediatrician, who decided to render no care at that time but rather follow him closely for the next couple of months.

At the six-month check-up, the mother told the pediatrician that she was having difficulty breast-feeding her son. The pediatrician noticed that there had not been much improvement in the asymmetry of the baby’s head. At this point, his mother decided to have him examined by a cranial specialist at the local children’s hospital. The result of that examination led to a diagnosis of plagiocephaly.  The baby was fitted with a special helmet in an attempt to re-shape the head. The time of wearing the helmet was increased until he was wearing it 23 hours per day. No improvement was noticed, and the boy’s mother then sought chiropractic care.

A chiropractic examination was performed and showed many abnormalities in the positioning and movement of bones in the neck and skull. A determination was made that subluxations were present, and a specific form of chiropractic adjustments were begun on the neck and skull areas.

The study records that the boy’s mother saw immediate results following her son’s first adjustment. She was also able to nurse her baby without difficulty. By the second adjustment, his torticollis had been reduced by 75%, and his skull asymmetry was reduced by 25%. There was also an improvement in the baby’s neck motion as well as improvement in his head tilt. By his third visit, his torticollis was 100% resolved, and he no longer needed to wear his helmet.

To see if chiropractic can help your infant with neurological development or to have your entire family checked for the presence of vertebral subluxation, call (512) 452-2525 to schedule today.

Infant with Difficulty Breastfeeding Helped with Chiropractic

How Does Chiropractic Help with Breastfeeding? Can A Vertebral Subluxation Lead to Difficulty Breastfeeding?

A case study research paper was published in the March 2014 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics documenting the improvement with chiropractic care of a seven-week-old infant with difficulty breastfeeding.

Infant with Difficulty Breastfeeding Helped with ChiropracticIn this case, a seven-week-old infant girl was brought to the chiropractor with what her mother described as tummy pain.  It was noted that the infant was in distress, did not want to sleep on her back, was drawing her knees up to her chest, vomited after feedings, and had unusual stools. She was also having recent trouble breastfeeding after having no problems doing so since birth. She would only feed on her mother’s left breast and had great difficulty trying to feed on her mother’s right side.

The chiropractic examination indicated the child was in significant distress and pain. The infant showed a significant restriction in movement in the neck which could partially explain her inability to breastfeed on one side.  It was determined that subluxations were present at the base of the skull and upper neck area. Subluxations in this area can affect the nervous system in many ways including the ability of the child to move her head properly and therefore breastfeed.

Care was initiated for correction of the subluxations and restoration of proper movement of the infant’s neck. After one week, it was noted that the child could move her head better and was able to breastfeed more normally. Her initial stool after her first adjustment was normal.  Over the next few weeks, her other symptoms decreased and eventually cleared.

The authors reported, “A follow-up chiropractic progress examination was performed when the infant was 6 ½ months. During this examination the infant was found to be happy, symptom free and developing well.”

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “Craniocervical subluxations are often identified in infants as a result of the birth process. In this case, chiropractic care restored optimal cervical range of motion and cranial alignment. Consequently, the infant no longer showed a preference to feed on the left breast. This demonstrates how chiropractic treatment may be beneficial in correcting breastfeeding difficulties that have a biomechanical cause.”

To see if chiropractic can help your infant with difficulty breastfeeding or to have your entire family checked for the presence of vertebral subluxation, call (512) 452-2525 to schedule today.