Infant Chiropractic Care

In the beginning, I thought chiropractic care was only for those who were injured – a car or work accident, chronic issues, or specific aches and pains. Chiropractic does serve each of those injuries, but it is also a huge player in creating a foundation of wellness for children and adults.

Jemma's first adjustment - 1 day old

I first visited the chiropractor during my pregnancy with Jemma. My lower back was aching and I had read that chiropractic care could aid in a smoother birth by keeping the pelvis open and straight.1

When looking for a chiropractor, I searched for someone with a strong reputation within my community, a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, and a doctor trained in the Webster technique. I fell in love when I found a practice which specialized in prenatal, infant, and family chiropractic. Not only was the office staff friendly and educated, they had a chiropractic table with a middle section that lowered to fit my ever-expanding belly. It was like heaven to “lay” on my stomach after months of side sleeping!

I was adjusted up until the week Jemma was born, and our chiropractor came to the hospital for Jemma’s first adjustment. After spending 40 hours twisting and turning through my pelvis it seemed like the perfect thing to get her all straightened out.

Infant chiropractic can help realign baby’s spine after birth, which can reduce colic, spitting up, aid in successful digestion, and prevent a multitude of other short and long term problems.2 It is also a foundational element of wellness, as spinal care is directly tied to nervous system function. By pursuing chiropractic care, your child may experience improved sleep, behavior, attitude, and immune system function.3

The most common childhood problem that warrant a visit to the chiropractor is ear infections. In layman’s terms, when the middle ear fills with fluid, an infection can develop. To help drain that fluid, a chiropractor can adjust the ears, neck, and mouth. When the fluid can’t pool, you eliminate the probability of an infection. Chiropractic care isn’t a guaranteed fix, but it is definitely something to consider before choosing antibiotics. Dr. Sears shares on his website, “I firmly believe that chiropractic adjustments to the skull and neck can improve middle ear drainage and decrease ear infections.”4 Discuss your options with both a pediatrician and a chiropractor to determine what would be best for your child’s situation.

Since her first adjustment, Jemma has regularly visited our chiropractor as a part of our family’s preventive care – every other month or so. Twice in the last year I have had concerns about an ear infection, and after two to three acute treatments our pediatrician inspected her ears and gave us the all clear: no more fluid and no need for antibiotics! We have also made specific visits after a few tumbles as Jemma has become a mover.

A quick note about cost – we recently changed health insurance providers and our new plan does not cover chiropractic care. I was happy to find that our chiropractor offers a cash pay discount especially for children, only $25 per visit, which is less than the co-pay of our previous insurance! I’ve heard from a number of other mamas across the country about similar policies, so don’t let cost be a deciding factor until you research what is available near you.

Have you or your child experienced the benefits of chiropractic care? Please share!

Further reading about pediatric chiropractic can be found here:
Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care
Chiro Tips
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
Ask Dr. Sears – Ear Infections
USA Today Article – Kids find a new way to adjust: Chiropractors


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About The Author: Gretchen

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I am a WAHM mama of two from the Pacific Northwest. I began my career in corporate sales and marketing and am now a freelance writer exploring the joys of attachment parenting while trying to find a reason to wear something other than yoga pants on a daily basis :)

12 Responses to Infant Chiropractic Care

  1. Laura  

    We have an appointment tomorrow morning! Sylvi has been going regularly for the last 5 or so months. I tried it out of desperation and every time we leave the office, she coos and chatters the whole drive home. Our chiropractor is really sweet with her and gentle as can be. She’s on to him now and gets annoyed that he works behind her back, but she just wants to see everything. 🙂

  2. amanda

    Yes, we have. I have been going for the last 3 years, since I was 7mo pregnant with my son. my son goes whenever we suspect he is congested and not draining properly to prevent ear infections. i went weekly while pregnant with my daughter and had her checked at 4 days old to check that everything was in alignment.

  3. Joella  

    I went through a very similar journey with chiropractic care! My daughter and I both get adjusted regularly. 🙂

  4. Michigan Chiropractor

    I have been a chiropractor for 32 years and overcome many health challenges by being open to chiropractic care. The biggest challenge was grand mal seizures which I suffered with for 12 years of my life. I have raised six children-all under regular care. All I can say is chiropractic still amazes me, even after a few decades. Great post! Dr. Sam Tocco, Michigan Chiropractor

  5. Mama and Baby Love  

    I am a huge fan of chiropractic care for the whole family! My daughter was born with a cervical subluxation that gave her TMJ and made breastfeeding nearly impossible (we were also dealing with tongue tie and inverted nipples, fun times). I wrote a post about it here:

  6. Lisa Cash Hanson  

    I’ve had chiropractic treatments…not sure that they helped the problem always returns so to me it was just a temporary fix. My daughter had terrible colic. Not sure if an adjustment would have helped I had heard about it after her bout. I’m still not that comfortable seeing a doctor adjust a tiny baby. I feel pretty confident God equipped babies to handle the journey 🙂

  7. Faith

    Hi. We are considering Chiro care for our 13 month old son due to ear infections. Can you give an update? I went while I was pregnant and recently started going again due to migraines. It’s great for me just wondering about baby.

    • Gretchen  

      My daughter has continued seeing the chiropractor on a regular basis and we’ve had nothing but good results! We have battled off two ear infections with chiropractic and my niece has also had great success with reducing/eliminating ear infections thanks to chiropractic. I’d definitely get your little one in there 🙂 Best wishes!

  8. Tara

    Thank you so much for writing about this! When my son was an infant he was really colic-y and so I took him to a chiropractor on a friend’s advice and it really helped ease his pain. That felt like a miracle after the doctor had told me there was nothing he could do.