According to two separate studies conducted in the USA, 11 – 21% of all chiropractors’ patients are children and adolescents under the age of 18. It is also estimated that 3% of all kids in the USA will visit a doctor of chiropractic at least once before reaching adulthood. In other words, chiropractic care for children is a lot more common than one may think.
Why is Chiropractic Beneficial for Children?
Chiropractors often treat children who are suffering from sports-related injuries, as well as those who suffer from growing pains. Two out of five kids will experience this type of throbbing, persistent discomfort on a regular basis and chiropractic care has been proven to provide long-lasting relief. Chiropractic has also been said to aid in treating other conditions common in children including asthma, ear infections and headaches.
Is it Safe?
Most parents will wonder the same thing when considering a visit to the chiropractor: just how safe is chiropractic for my children? The good news is that many studies have demonstrated that chiropractic care for kids is quite safe indeed. For example, a 2011 review by Matthew Doyle found a rate of just 0.53 percent to 1 percent of mild adverse events for paediatric chiropractic manipulative therapy. One also needs to think about the safety of other alternative treatments for common childhood complaints in comparison to chiropractic, such as drug therapy, which is extremely risky and poses a number of potential negative side-effects.
Just remember to take your child to an appropriately qualified chiropractor who has specific experience in working with children/infants.
How Old Does a Child Need to Be Before Visiting a Chiropractor for the First Time?
Many doctors of chiropractic actually treat newborn babies. Considering how squashed a baby is in its mother’s womb during those last few months of pregnancy, it’s easy to understand how one’s natural alignment can be affected. The underlying cause of many newborn health complaints such as colic, breastfeeding difficulties, sleep disturbances etc. can often be traced to nervous system irritation brought about by spinal and cranial misalignments. Basically, your child is never too young to start chiropractic treatment.
How Often Should a Child See a Chiropractor?
This will depend entirely on each child’s unique circumstances and severity of symptoms. A chiropractor will assess all this when putting together a treatment plan. Contrary to popular belief, it usually isn’t necessary to continue to visit a chiropractor indefinitely once you start.
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