There can be many reasons why a child may need to see a chiropractor. Some children are born with spinal issues. Others may experience trauma through a natural birthing process—this can cause cranial misalignment. Parents often have their newborns and toddlers checked out by chiropractors throughout early childhood simply to help with spinal alignment. Often, visiting a chiropractor can be helpful with sleeping problems and chronic infections in young children.
Another reason parents have their child visit a doctor of chiropractic is because of trauma. Sometimes after an injury, a child’s spine will be out of alignment. Falls from bike-riding or skateboarding are common reasons for parents to bring their children in to the pediatric chiropractor.
Also, parents may be referred to a chiropractic doctor if their child is experiencing a long-term condition for which another solution has not been found. Examples of conditions would be allergies, asthma, colic, and ear infections.
Some parents may wonder how chiropractors can help—especially with conditions that seemingly have nothing to do with the spine. What parents need to know is that the spine protects the spinal cord and, the spinal cord is what controls the body’s nervous system. The nervous system controls everything in the body—it controls the respiratory, circulatory, hormonal, digestive, eliminative and immune systems.
If the spine is out of alignment, this can make some part of the nervous system out of alignment, so to speak. This is why taking children to see a chiropractor can help with issues like colic, asthma, and allergies—among many others.