this study’s data indicate that limitation of medical intervention and the addition of chiropractic care may decrease the symptoms of ear infection in young children
Deflora said specific motions can stimulate the central nervous system and help reduce stress.
But what some are considering more controversial are parents opting for chiropractic care for their newborns.
Melissa Kelly brought her day-and-a-half-old daughter in for her first adjustment because she found success in the care with her son.
“He, like, has never had any issues with ear infections,” Kelly said. “He doesn’t get sick.”
Hartman Family Practice chiropractors claim baby adjustments may help to ease colic.
“There could be generalized fussiness. Maybe the baby’s not sleeping right,” Dr. Tami Hartman said. “But some things, they can truly observe — if their child constantly looks mad.”
The doctors said they use the same amount of pressure you would to check the ripeness of tomatoes.
“People think we’re adjusting a child the way we would adjust an adult,” Hartman said. “And it’s absolutely not true.”
However, Dr. Emily Dodwell, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery questioned the benefit or need for chiropractic care at such a young age.
“In general, we don’t have any evidence that babies are born with any kind of spinal malalignment that requires chiropractic care,” Dodwell said.
Comment from Dr. Anderson:
Chiropractic care for babies and newborns is very safe. I have seen babies for over 20 years.
The medical community have no training in chiropractic so they often make statements that are outside of their expertise.
This article is a good example of this lack of understanding. I have always had good discussions with my MD colleagues when I get a chance to explain chiropractic.
The journal, Pediatrics reported a study of 2216 children over 5 years. They looked at eating and exercises habits among these kids. The study found that skipping breakfast in children leads to weight gain. They also found that girls were more likely to skip this critical meal.
Moral of the story, eat your breakfast. Even if it’s just a quick bowl of cereal. – Dr. A
At the Children’s Television Conference in 1996, President Bill Clinton underscored America’s obsession with television when he noted that “a typical child watches 25,000 hours of television before his or her 18th birthday. Preschoolers watch 28 hours of television a week.” If you tend to shrug off this fascination with the tube as harmless, consider a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that examined the potential connection between TV viewing and obesity.
Nearly 200 third and fourth-grade students from two public elementary schools participated in the study, in which children from one school received an 18-lesson, six-month classroom curriculum to reduce television, videotape and video game use. The intervention was based solely upon teaching the children to budget their entertainment time and did not include other lifestyle modifications such as exercise. The second school received no curriculum to modify TV viewing and was compared with the initial group after six months.
Children from the first school showed significant decreases in body-mass index, triceps skinfold thickness, waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio following the six-month educational program, especially compared to the second school that received no intervention to decrease TV viewing. Children from the first school also reported significant decreases in overall television viewing and meals eaten in front of the television.
These findings add to considerable evidence suggesting that television can influence our children, and the news isn’t good. As parents, let’s take the opportunity to do something about it. It’s time to stop watching our children get fat.
Robinson TN. Reducing children’s television viewing to prevent obesity. Journal of
What factors predict whether or not a child will suffer from low-back pain (LBP)? To find out, researchers tracked 1,046 youths, aged 11 to 14 years, for 1 year. All subjects were free of LBP at the study’s onset.
Youngsters were more likely to develop LBP if they had trouble relating to peers and teachers, especially conduct problems. Children who reported a high number of other pain disorders at baseline — such as stomachache, headache and sore throat — were also at an elevated risk of LBP.
“In contrast, we have been unable to demonstrate a strong association between daily mechanical load (schoolbag weight) and the short-term risk of new-onset LBP,” note the study’s authors.
Pediatrics – April 9, 2003;111:822-8. http://www.pediatrics.org/