A: I get this question a lot. Parents will tell me their kids are so young… “They don’t need to be adjusted, do they?” My answer is a resounding yes. Like adults, children have a spine, and good alignment and balance allows for good posture, movement, and functionality. When born, the baby’s bones are mostly cartilage, and muscles are undeveloped. Their spine is “C” shaped. During the first year, the children develop strength in their muscles, enough so they begin to lift their head, hold their body in a sitting position and eventually begin to walk. When the child starts to push up onto all fours, the neck and low back curves begin to develop. When upright, the child should be straight and upward. Sometimes there can be a side-to-side curvature called scoliosis. Scoliosis can vary from mild to severe and in severe cases can compromise internal organs and other structures. How do you know if your child’s spine is on track developmentally? You can help determine your child’s spinal health with a simple posture test. Make sure the ears, shoulders and hips are even when looking at the child from the back. Look at the feet and make sure they aren’t toeing in or out. When your child bends forward at the waist, make sure there isn’t a “hump” on either side of the spine (when looking from the back) Check your child from the side and make sure the ear, shoulder, hip, back of knee and ankle line up. For more information, contact me at www.YostFamilyChiropractic.com or 515-278-YOST (9678).
Information submitted by Dr. Heather Yost, DACCP, Yost Family Chiropractic, 3993 100th St., Urbandale, www.YostFamilyChiropractic.com.