Even if you’ve been visiting the chiropractor for some time, you may be wondering if it’s safe for the younger members of your household. The answer is a very enthusiastic “yes,” but you should take the time to understand why it makes sense to find a kid chiropractor. Overland Park’s very own Dr. Justin Grabouski is pleased to offer pediatric chiropractic services and shares a bit of information below for concerned parents.
Is Pediatric Chiropractic The Same As For Adults?
Essentially, yes. However, kid chiropractors adjust their techniques to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for young children. In fact, chiropractic is considered safe for babies as young as one day.
According to Dr. Grabouski, infants this young are often seen after a particularly traumatic childbirth. Babies can get stuck, strained, or twisted out of alignment during the birthing process. Babies born via an assisted delivery, which might use forceps, suction, or vacuums, are especially prone to injuries. Even those delivered via C-section can experience injuries during childbirth.
Gentle & Safe
Chiropractic adjustments, especially for children, are extremely gentle. While your child will feel some pressure, it’s typically no stronger than the force you might push against your eye if you were to rub it. A kid chiropractor uses very light pressure and a focused pediatric adjustment instead of more forceful movements.
Colic? Chiropractic Can Help
Parents often ask Dr. Grabouski what types of conditions chiropractic can treat. The answer they are seeking is usually “colic.” Fortunately, kid chiropractic can ease the symptoms of colic along with acid reflux, gas, constipation, and even difficulties with breast-feeding. Chiropractic can also help children with recurrent ear infections, asthma, and scoliosis.
How Do I Know If My Baby/Toddler Needs An Adjustment?
For adults and older children, a blatant expression of pain is a great reason to visit the chiropractor. But, younger children and infants can’t verbalize what they are feeling. If your child has recently been in a falling accident that affected their back, neck, or head, a call to the chiropractor is in order. (Medical emergencies should be treated at the hospital first.)
Other times to visit a chiropractor are when your little one reaches milestones, such as sitting up, crawling, rolling over, or walking. These are major physical and neurological developmental markers that indicate changes in your children’s growth pattern. Having someone on hand to take some of the physical strain off of your little one can help them grow with as little pain as possible.
More Than A Kid Chiropractor
Dr. Justin Grabouski is truly a family chiropractor. His Overland Park office sees patients of all ages. Dr. Grabouski is one of the area’s top chiropractic physicians and is on a mission to ensure your entire family has access to the best chiropractic care available.