Pediatric Chiropractic

When people learn, for the first time, that chiropractors treat infants and children, their initial reaction is one of surprise and often skepticism.  They typically have several important questions that need to be answered.

Do chiropractors need special training to treat pediatric patients?
In order to graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, chiropractors must master several courses in pediatric care.  They are trained to recognize common pediatric diseases and to understand the uniqueness of the pediatric musculoskeletal system.  Not all chiropractors choose to work with pediatric patients, however, so it is a good idea to ask your chiropractor if he or she treats infants and children before scheduling an appointment.

Is it safe?
A recent study found that chiropractic care is a remarkably safe treatment option for children. Only 1 out of 100 pediatric patients experience an adverse side effect, which was most commonly a temporary increase in fussiness, usually lasting no more than 24 hours (Miller et al, 2008).

What pediatric conditions do chiropractors treat?
The most common conditions involve the skeletal, muscular, and neurological systems.  A 2012 survey of European chiropractors revealed that approximately 80% of patients sought treatment for conditions in one of these three categories (Marchand, 2012).  However, research has suggested that chiropractic care can be a successful treatment option for breastfeeding and sleeping difficulties, colic, bedwetting, constipation, asthma, epilepsy, and recurrent ear infections.

How do you know if your child needs chiropractic care?
If your child has suffered a recent traumatic event, such as a difficult birth, a car accident, or a fall, it’s a good idea to have his or her spine checked for misalignments.  More subtle clues to look for include mood changes, trouble sleeping, and a change in appetite.