Would you bring your child to a chiropractor?

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies

There's an interesting article in the January issue of Pediatrics regarding chiropractic care and children. According to the review, parents should be wary of chiropractic spinal adjustments, saying they could possibly cause injury.

Out of the 13 published studies regarding children and chiropractic care, there were only a few injuries, but doctors feel that there isn't enough known about the safety of the therapy . Two children died after receiving spine manipulation; one from a suspected neck fracture and the other from brain hemorrhage.

I find it interesting that these children underwent spine manipulation; the last few times I received chiropractic care (for sciatia during pregnancy), they did not manually manipulate the spine or the neck.

An interesting point brought up in the article is that some parents overlooked serious conditions, such as cancer and meningitis, instead treating the child at the chiropractor. For those curious, meningitis symptoms often involve a headache and stiff neck in addition to sensitivity to light.

This got me to thinking about my own personal experience with chiropractic care. I did visit a chiropractor that used the "hands on" method of adjustment once and I can say I would not feel comfortable with someone manipulating my child's body or neck in that way. Many chiropractors, including ones I've visited, now use a noninvasive "tool" that they press onto your spine. (I'm sorry for the lack of explanation, I can't find the exact name of the tool today.)

So, have you ever brought your child to a chiropractor? I did bring my son when he was a newborn for issues relating to the (as my pediatrician called it) "10 to 2 crying." Honestly, it helped. The night he received chiropractic care was the first night where he actually went to sleep at a somewhat decent hour.

I would bring my children to a chiropractor if we had exhausted all other medical explanations. How about you?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.