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Infants and Children

From the moment of conception, the growth and development of a baby is one of life’s most incredible processes. A baby grows from two small cells, evolving at an incredible rate over the next nine months before birth.

The nervous system is so important, that the first cells to form at about 7 hours after conception are the brain and spinal cord. The heart starts to beat at 24 days and the eyes are formed at 36 days. The nervous system gives commands on how everything is formed and controlled just as in an adult.

Stress: Birth and Growth

Babies are subjected to a range of stress from conception, childbirth, and during their early years. The birthing process, even though completely natural, can be a very stressful event for both the mother and baby. There is an enormous increase in the pressure on the baby’s spine and body during the final stages of labor. If the baby presents head first, then the head, neck and spine help cope with compression.

If the baby’s head and neck is slightly in the wrong position, this causes large amounts of spinal stress. With little muscle development for protection, small restrictions in the spinal joints can develop.

In the real world the infant grows rapidly. During the transitional stages of growth like learning to sit, crawl and walk; the child can be subjected to other stresses such as trips and falls.

Chiropractic: When should an infant get checked?

Your child can be checked for their pediatric  developmental reflexes, weight, length and Head circumference.

Being  a Primary Health Care Practitioner your Chiropractor can check you infant to see if his/her condition is due to a musculoskeletal problem and if not can refer you to the relevant practitioner or specialist.