You give birth. You have a baby.
Before you can carry on enjoying your gorgeous bundle of joy, your midwife or paediatrician has to check that everything's working normal.
Five fingers, five toes, breathing, heart rate, is the skin pink enough, reflexes, and all that jazz.
Well, what about the spine?
As you probably already know, I love babies. I love everything about them. If I could have 12 of my own, I would. They just grow up too fast. I would have so many that I'd probably be able to have a TV show about it.
But, I'm 43. And I already have three kids (well, four, if I consider the husband). And they're all a handful.
One of the many things I love about babies is checking their spines Checking a newborn's spine and adjusting them within the first week of birth is essential to proper health and optimal function.
Because a baby's spine is quite cramped inside the womb in the last few weeks of birth.
Also, the birth process, however it happened, is both intense and often traumatic to the mother and the baby.
The bones in the neck and head can often move out of the correct alignment and position creating pressure on the spinal cord. If this is undetected, it can lead to common health problems like difficulty breastfeeding, colic, digestive problems, irritability, sleep issues, and immune dysfunction.
Very common issues. Not normal and not ideal.
In a study of 1000 newborns, 80% of them had some type of spinal nerve dysfunction. Read more about this here.
Of course you want your baby to start out life in the best possible way, so why wouldn't anyone want to have their baby's spine and nervous system checked for optimal alignment, balance, and function?
Look, think of it this way, when was the last time you had to wiggle yourself out through a 10cm hole?
All babies have a spine, and all babies need their spines checked by a paediatric chiropractor within the first week of life.
Doesn't that make sense?
So if you have children, get their spines checked and adjusted!
See you guys this week!
— Dr MaryAnne AKA Dr Squeeze