When your baby or child gets sick, the first place you normally take them is their pediatrician. If none of their recommended treatments seem to be working, it might be time to see the chiropractor. Here are three common ailments in babies and children chiropractors are able to treat.
Colic - Characterized by inconsolable crying episodes, colic usually occurs in babies between two weeks and four months old. Colic has been proven to be difficult to treat simply because its causes are unknown. While many believe colic is a result of gas or obstruction in the intestines, others believe it has to do with reflux, over-stimulation or an underdeveloped nervous system. One form of treatment that has been proven to be effective in treating colic in babies is spinal adjustments. In one particular study involving 316 colicky babies, chiropractic treatment had a 94 percent success rate.
ADHD - According to a recent study from the University of Montreal, the number of school-age children being prescribed medication to treat ADHD has become quite prevalent. There are some parents, however, who don't want their child to take the recommended prescription drugs. One reason is that the stimulants prescribed often produce unpleasant side effects, such as:
- decrease in appetite
- sleep issues
- change in personality
Many parents are finding that alternative treatments such as chiropractic adjustments can help reduce symptoms and effectively treat their child's ADHD. Since ADHD is a disorder of the nervous system, it makes sense that a chiropractor, a doctor who specializes in impairments of the nervous system, would be able to effectively treat ADHD. According to a study done in 2010, chiropractic treatment helped reduce certain symptoms of ADHD, including hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
Ear Infections - Also known as otitis media, ear infections are common in children from ages 6 months to three years of age. Normally, ear infections are treated with antibiotics. However, some children suffer with chronic ear infections and are recommended to get tubes placed in their ears. Even after getting ear tubes, however, children can still get ear infections. Chiropractors offer parents who do not want their child to undergo surgery for chronic ear infections another alternative. Some pediatricians agree that adjustments done to the skull and neck can reduce the number of ear infections.
If your child suffers with colic, ear infections or ADHD, and medical treatments and drugs are no longer working or are simply not an option, checking with a local chiropractor like Ladner Chiropractic is your next best step.