Adjustments to keep you “Regular”…

I would like to address a topic that people don’t often discuss with others, but is a problem for so many…especially children!

POOP!

Did you know that constipation is one of the most common issues plaguing people of all ages in the US? A survey by NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) found “it is estimated that over 4 million people in the United States have frequent constipation. Constipation was the most common digestive complaint in the United States, outnumbering all other chronic digestive conditions.”

This is highly affecting children as well;

“Constipation affects up to 30 percent of children and accounts for an estimated 3 to 5 percent of all visits to pediatricians. The peak prevalence is during the preschool years in most reports. There is no consistent effect of gender on the prevalence of childhood constipation.”

This information IMMEDIATELY makes me think; Of course the peak is in preschoolers! What happens to kids age 3-5 going to preschool?!
*Nervousness/anxiety of new surroundings
*Poor/picky diets-namely too much sugar and not enough water
*Many are newly potty trained or possibly still wearing a pull-up
…this list goes on…

Sadly, most of these cases are treated via drug prescription, commonly Miralax, which is approved by FDA for ADULT USE ONLY! Also, this drug is meant for TEMPORARY use…

NY Times posts an article stating; “Instead, Miralax has become a long-term solution for childhood constipation — a problem that can be troubling not just physically, but also emotionally — rather than a short-term fix so that parents can change their children’s diets to include more fruits and vegetables. “I’ve had kids on it daily for years,” said Dr. Scott W. Cohen, a pediatrician in Beverly Hills, Calif., adding that he will generally refer them to a specialist in prolonged cases. For children with chronic constipation who are not being helped by dietary changes, “We literally give it like water.”

There have been thousands of parents reporting side effects such as these;

Jeanie Ward’s daughter Nicole was placed on MiraLAX when she was just 3 1/2-years-old. Within ten days, she says Nicole turned manic, aggressive, and paranoid. “It was horrifying to see my daughter change like that and to not come completely go back to normal,” Ward said. “Near psychiatric events with paranoia, mood swings, aggression, rage,” parent Jeanie Ward said.

“He had the rage, fears, phobias, anxieties,” parent Sarah Locatelli said.

“We saw a lot of the anger, a lot of the rage, a lot of the aggression,” parent Mike Kohler said.

Read more here: http://abc7news.com/news/parents-say-over-the-counter-medicine-is-sickening-kids-/1760065/

How Can Chiropractic Help??

Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to assist in alleviating the pain and symptoms of constipation in pregnancy, infants, school age children and into adulthood. The nerves that exit your lumbar spine directly supply function to the bowels. So it makes complete sense that any interference to these nerves can create a problem…commonly CONSTIPATION!

Adjustments are always the first place to start in our family when such an issue arises. We then look to diet, water consumption, getting active, etc. Please consider chiropractic care FIRST, before the use of drugs for treating GI issues. We specialize in pediatric and family care. We would love to care for you and your loved ones! Pass it on 🙂

Pediatric Chiropractic Care

Pediatric Chiropractic;
The importance of having babies and children checked for nerve interference
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A few of the common questions we get when encouraging a parent to bring their kids into the office are: Why would a child or especially an infant need chiropractic care? Is it safe? Do you adjust them the same way you adjust an adult? What does the adjustment help with?

There are many reasons you should bring your little one in to be checked by Dr. Scott or myself. Let us start with infant care. Labor and delivery is not only tough on the mother but can be quite traumatic for the new baby as well. They are changing and developing so much in those 40+/- weeks inside mom and although baby’s progression inside the womb is a very natural thing, the delivery process is typically anything but natural. It is sited that in America, less than 8% of women opt for a natural birth. This means there is some sort of intervention (often multiple) with medications, caesarean deliveries, vacuum or forceps extraction or simply the “Normal axial pull” on the baby’s head during delivery. Dr Towbin, a Neuropathologist from Harvard Medical School, found during his research that it is common during a “normal” hospital delivery that a child’s head will be pulled with 90-120 pounds of force. “The top bone in the neck, the C1 vertebra, is the most unstable vertebra in our spine, connected only by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. With any kind of extreme twisting, turning, or yanking, that vertebra will misalign in three directions, which will result in occlusion, pressure, and interference.”

As your child grows, they will begin to have numerous things happen to them that will cause subluxation/nerve interference in their spine. Trying to hold their head up, or “bobble head syndrome” as we like to call it. Also rolling over, crawling and of course walking lead to a number of bumps and bonks that can cause their malleable vertebrae to move out of place. As toddlers and children they have their fair share of falls, tumbles and stumbles. These are a few more important reasons they should see a chiropractor.

Yes, it is very safe and is much different than how an adult is adjusted. Our 3 girls were checked and adjusted as soon as 30 minutes old. Although they were all born naturally and with the most minimal interference by our midwife of just “guiding” them out, they all had subluxations at the C1 vertebra. The adjustment is made with the light pressure of my pinky finger (the pressure is that of pressing on a ripe tomato before the skin indents). Their little joints are so tiny and their vertebrae are not completely formed yet, so it takes minimal force to relieve the pressure on those nerves.

We have seen an array of different issues/concerns in our office that have had amazing success. It has been shown that chiropractic can help with colic, difficulty latching, torticollis, constipation, diarrhea, reflux, acid reflux, trouble sleeping, ear infections/aches and the list goes on. We also see many families for overall wellness care as they may not have anything specific bothering them, but we keep them feeling great.

If you have any questions about pediatric chiropractic, nutritional components to integrate into their diet or any other concerns, please contact us and we would love to answer those questions for you! Also, please tell your friends, family and coworkers with kiddos about us as we would be happy to help them as well and appreciate your referrals!

~Dr Molly Scott