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Q: At what age do I start taking my child to a chiropractor?

Posted March 05, 2014 in Advice Column, Johnston

A: The first chiropractic appointment for your child should begin when you are pregnant and the baby’s in utero position affects his or her health. Chiropractic studies indicate misalignments of baby’s spine begin in utero or can occur during labor and delivery. In utero constraint (torsion of the uterus as a result of a misaligned pelvis) may result in breech, side lying, or face up positions of the baby making labor and delivery more difficult. Even the easiest and fastest deliveries may be stressful on the head and neck of the baby. Having a wellness check for your infant is natural, safe and an important step in helping your baby grow healthy.

It is never too early to have your baby, toddler, preschooler or grown child checked to help him or her grow healthy. Adjustments are very gentle and use age appropriate techniques that differ from traditional techniques used on adult spines.

The growing spine makes it through milestones of development that should all be paired with wellness checks: holding the head up, sitting up by himself or herself, crawling, walking, tumbles with playing, prolonged sitting in the classroom and playing repetitive sports.

Information provided by Dr. Juliet O’Donnell, DC, Heartland Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 5521 N.W. 86th St., Johnston, 252-8668.

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