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Can Chiropractic Care Help Newborn Infants?

Have you heard about people using chiropractic care to help their newborn infants? Have you wondered if it’s a safe and effective treatment, or if it could possibly harm your baby? As more and more parents are using alternative and complementary medicine for a holistic health plan, newborn infant chiropractic care has been getting more attention.

In order to adjust a patient’s musculoskeletal system, a chiropractor will look for subluxations of the spine, or partial dislocations. Most chiropractors focus their techniques on this area, making gentle adjustments that allow the muscles and nervous system to perform their recuperative techniques. If you are interested in how chiropractic care can help your newborn infant in Naples, FL, Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology can help.


Adults may be able to recognize that their body is out of alignment, but it’s harder for babies to communicate that they’re uncomfortable or in pain. What can cause a baby to need chiropractic alignment? Even in the most natural births, the delivering doctor usually has to use the baby’s head as leverage to twist the shoulders out. This is before the baby has even had a chance to use and develop their neck muscles.

One misconception is that the chiropractor will “crack” the baby’s neck, but this is not the case. Baby and child adjustments are extremely gentle. Some signs that your baby might need chiropractic care include difficulty nursing from one side, colic, torticollis and indigestion. Also, notice whether your baby tends to always tilt its head to one side.


Some of the specific conditions that chiropractic care may solve for your infant include:

Colic: Babies with colic cry incessantly, with no pinpointed cause. In as many as 94 percent of babies undergoing chiropractic treatment for colic, studies have shown that it reduces the symptoms.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): GERD affects many babies who spit up a lot, causing stomach acid to irritate their esophagus. Chiropractic care seeks to align the spine and remove any undue pressure on the spine which may be causing the baby to spit up excessively.

Breastfeeding problems: Breastfeeding is difficult enough without latching problems. Gentle chiropractic adjustments of the head, spine, jaw, shoulder and neck can help correct subluxations and let your baby relax enough to get a better latch.

When your baby isn’t feeling well, you want to try everything you can to ensure they’ll feel better. Try infant chiropractic care as a complementary medicinal practice.


Since 1998, Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology has proudly served the Naples area with comprehensive chiropractic, physical medicine and regenerative medicine services since 1998. Our office strives for excellence, and we are consistently furthering our education and techniques to improve the care you receive from our team. Whether you suffer from chronic pain, are recovering from an injury or are seeking overall improved health and performance, we have the skills and experience to help you work toward your goals. Questions? Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

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