Whether you are a first time parent or not, those first few weeks of your baby's life can often be a little fraught. For mothers who want to breast-feed, there can be problems with feeding and attachment, babies can be miserable and cry a lot with the pain of reflux colic and where there has been a difficult delivery, there can also be cranial problems too.
As your baby grows, you will be watching for those developmental milestones including crawling and walking - which, if delayed, can also be a source of concern.
At Eastland Family Chiropractic, we provide Paediatric care for babies and young children from newborn. Please call us on 03 9095 7990 to arrange an initial consultation or an informal chat to find out more about how Doctors of Chiropractic, Tracey and Lauren can help you and your little one.
We May Be Able To Help With ...
Breast Feeding and Attachment Issues
In many cases the problems result from very small misalignments of the baby's spine due to the trauma of birth.
Problems with attachment can arise when misalignments in the upper cervical spine cause pain when your baby opens his mouth. The result of this is that your baby may not open his mouth wide enough to attach correctly to the nipple in order to feed.
Problems during feeding where a baby may shake their head from side to side when attaching to the nipple or cry, pulling away and arching the back may be as a result of pain caused by misalignments in the cervical spine that make feeding more painful.
Problems with breast feeding often result in many exhausted mothers giving up which is such a shame as normally, feeding issues can be resolved very quickly with gentle but effective chiropractic treatments.
An inconsolable baby that cries almost incessantly is a big worry and a source of huge stress for parents. Acid reflux and projectile vomiting can cause more problems for a baby than not getting the feed he needs as the stomach acid can damage the oesophagus and could potentially be a choking hazard too.
The family physician is likely to prescribe medication to deal with the symptoms which many parents want to avoid because of potential side effects. By contrast, Chiropractic care treats the cause of the problem - totally drug free.
Cranial problems can be a result of birth trauma this could be due to prolonged labour assisted by forceps or ventouse, or a speedy birth in an induced labour. Even a normal delivery can cause trauma.
Chiropractic cranial treatment can help babies with the symptoms they experience. For example, your baby may cry when laid down because of increased pressure on the head or have problems sleeping. Feeding difficulties such as the reflux colic mentioned above may also be a symptom; babies may also take longer to feed and have difficulties with sucking and with 'wind'.
Delays In Reaching Developmental Milestones
Developmental milestones such as crawling and walking for example may vary from child to child in the same family although they all follow the same sequence. Delayed milestones can be a source of concern for parents who obviously want their child to reach his or her full potential. The cause can be due to poor muscle tone (hypotonia) and joint problems in the spine, shoulders and elsewhere.
The development of the brain and nervous system depends on sensory input. We all know about touch, taste, hearing, sight and smell, but many are not aware that proprioception, the information the brain receives from the body's joints, muscles and ligaments is also vital.
At Eastland, as Paediatric Chiropractors we are able to diagnose and treat the physical problems that are affecting proprioception so that correct sensory input to the baby's brain is established, allowing normal development to progress.
Gentle, Drug-Free Treatment
For all these conditions, treatment is safe, gentle, effective and drug free, helping you to enjoy your new baby by resolving problems that are making him or her miserable and helping to ensure that your young child can grow and develop to his or her full potential. Please call us today on 03 9095 7990 and find out about the benefits of Chiropractic care for your child.