Just like adults, our lovely little ones have nervous systems that are vulnerable to stress that impacts their function and well being. Dr. Aaron’s youngest patient was gently adjusted at only a few days old!
Nurture Your Baby’s Spinal Development
Did you know a newborn baby’s brain grows about three times it’s size in the first year? And an infants spine will double in size in their first 2 years. This is the structure that provides protection to your nervous system. Since the brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves are responsible for your baby’s digestion, elimination, and respiratory, system it’s important these structures develop properly to promote your baby’s best health and functioning.
- Infants are born with only one C-shape curvature in their spine.
- The cervical lordosis develops in the first few months as their posterior neck muscles get stronger to hold up the head.
- The lumbar lordosis develops between 6-12 months as babies start to cross crawl and cruise.
- Eventually when all four curvatures have developed they can support themselves upright while walking.
Baby Ergonomics Can Influence the Long
Term Health of Your Child
- When swaddling your infant, be sure to allow freedom of movement for their legs into the fetal tuck position.
- Minimize time spent in car seats and other devices such as swings and bouncers.
- Avoid the use of infant sitting devices such as jumpers and walkers before your child has achieved the gross motor ability to support themselves in it.
- Choose a baby carrier that allows for fully supported hips in a seated position, ideally facing the carriers body, not outward. Never allow a child to hang by from their pubic symphysis.
- Minimize excess time in any one position for your infant during this rapid stage of development.
- Consult your chiropractor if you notice asymmetry of your child’s face, skull, or uneven pattern of hair loss.
Schedule regular milestone check ups in their first year of life.
Toddlers are very busy! Careful first steps quickly changes to walking, running and jumping with a steep learning curve. Overstimulation from the environment, the introduction of new foods, and development of new motor patterns can affect the physical development of a toddler and their whole nervous system.
School aged children are faced with new stressors physical, chemical, and emotional. They gain independence, and are constantly learning, and developing biomechanics in sports. Chiropractic for school aged children helps their nervous system and all their bodily functions adapt to, and thrive, in daily life as they grow!
Have your child’s spine and nervous system assessed by a Chiropractor so they can heal and function the best they can.