Anyone who has looked at our NUCCA Spinal Centers Facebook page knows that we have a strong interest in helping families obtain better health—and lately, our pediatric focus has increased significantly. I want to talk about the various symptoms and signs that parents or care-givers can look for in their babies to keep them misalignment free.
To begin with, anyone who has raised a child into adulthood knows what a tremendous and ongoing project that is—our children don’t truly appreciate it until they have their own, right?
There are so many wonderful blessings associated with the raising of children—and then with grandchildren…. But I want to talk about some of the health challenges that effect our littlest members of our community—our babies and small children.
This is where it can be very challenging and stressful for young families. I remember my oldest child—he had a very long and traumatic delivery.
After a long and stressful delivery process, he seemed to be OK for several months, health-wise, until…… he started developing ear infections and breathing problems like pneumonia and asthma. And nothing concerns a parent more to see their child in respiratory distress, struggling to draw in breath.
In the case of my oldest son, those problems evolved into pneumonia, recurrent ear infections and chronic bronchitis—and, of course that led to copious amounts of that pink, bubble-gum flavored elixir——–Amoxicillin. I don’t think it really helped, for if it had, well… we wouldn’t have been filling a prescription 2X a month for months on end.
We didn’t know what to do—he was our first, and we were cutting our teeth on him before he even started cutting his. We turned, as millions do, to our pediatrician. I did not know about upper cervical chiropractic care, what a subluxation was or even herbs.
Well, we all survived, and our young children survived, each with their own individual health challenges until one day in early 1992, I was in a car accident… Well, it seems that every accident that I have had, changes my life in some way. This particular accident placed me in a chiropractor’s office in search of treatment for my migraines, and those visits with my doctor led to “the epiphany”—rather the calling to go back to school and get my doctorate. Had I not had that accident, I am not sure I would be here right now discussing these excellent health solutions for your young infants.
So let’s talk about what to look for in our babies. By babies, I am referring to little infants, usually under two years old. First, traumatic birth processes are something to be concerned with. A traumatic birth process raises the probability that the infant suffered mechanical forces which caused a problem, or set the stage for health problems that will show up later.
Trauma of any kind can cause a persistent misalignment between their small head and neck, but birth is often the “first trauma”.
That “persistent misalignment” is referred to as a subluxation. Frequently, but not always does excessive birth trauma result in subluxation, however, more often than not—IT DOES. I will be presenting some signs of what to look out for in just a moment, but first I want to define what a subluxation is:
Subluxation: a persistent misalignment, or malposition of the head as it joins the top ring shaped bone of the neck which causes interference in the normal function of the nervous system and other normal functions such as blood flow, cerebrospinal fluid flow, etc. Thus, there are signs and symptoms associated with subluxation. Think of it as though the head were a lid on a mason jar, and the lid is threaded on the jar crookedly and tightened down slightly askew. The lid (head) is misaligned on the jar (neck).
BIRTH TRAUMA CAUSES:
1. Intra-uterine Difficulties
2. Delivery Canal Difficulties
3. Mechanical Delivery Distress
b. Abnormal Presentations
c. Cesarean Deliveries
SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS: (a partial list)
1. Ear infections—acute otitis media, or serous otitis media
2. Eye infections—blocked tear duct, chronic conjunctivitis, or other reoccurring infections of the eyes, ears, nose or throat
4. Respiratory infections
6. Not sleeping well
7. Failure to thrive
8. Grumpy, irritable
9. Excessive crying
10. Antibiotic use of any kind
What physical signs to look for in infants: (a partial list)
1. A head that remains persistently bent or turned in one direction
2. A difference in active movement patterns between right and left side arms and legs
3. A gentle tendency to bend their body to one side over another
4. Greater difficulty in nursing – one position is more difficult than the other.
5. Odd sleeping positions: head hanging off bed, stomach sleeping, arched to the side, or arched-back
6. Abnormal function of the eyes, such as a lazy eye, or converging eye
7. Misshapen cranial bones
8. Non-genetic Asymmetry in facial features
9. Down Syndrome
10. Asymmetric hair wear patterns
4. Seizures: petit mal, or more tonic clonic variety
5. Bed wetting
6. Chronic Infections,
9. Digestive Disorders (of course, this can also be diet)
The world doesn’t seem to be child-proof—I think that is why so many parents are bringing their children in to have them evaluated early on, when fresh misalignments first begin to interfere with lives. Our goal is to get the knowledge out there to the general populace in hopes that many developmental problems can be nipped in the bud early on. A lot of suffering and searching can be circumvented through early detection and correction.
I have documented hundreds of these cases in my practice over the years. More recently, I have begun filming the examination and the correction procedure and placing some of those on the web.
If you want to take a look at those cases, type in “nucca spinal centers facebook” on your web brouser. You will likely get to our facebook page where you can see live videos of the correction being performed on our little patients. It really is quite a fantastic process and procedure. It’s simple.
Of the symptoms I have mentioned above, most of the time, a simple, straight forward NUCCA correction solves the problem. Other times there are other challenges that need to be addressed. We take those on a case by case basis.
We aren’t encouraging parents to dump their pediatricians—on the contrary, tell your pediatrician what you are doing—if you feel comfortable with it. Most of them will “glass-over” when you do, but some will listen and get on board with you. They serve a purpose, and as health professionals, it is nice to work together, even if we do nothing more than provide counterpoint arguments to each other’s perspective.
Most of the pediatric solutions to the above problems will result in a trip to the pharmacy for antibiotics or some other medication – or, a surgical procedure like myringotomy (tubes and incision), or, in the case of some of the postural signs that I have shared with you—they will be shrugged off as irrelevant. However, as I have pointed out in the section on what to look for—they are important and should not be dismissed.
Here is the good news: In my practice, with my protocols, there is a dependable analysis and examination which detects and corrects the infant subluxation. Most of the time, if we detect the subluxation before the age of three, we don’t need X-rays. Rarely will I take them on infants.
However, after 3-years of age, it is almost impossible to correct them without X-rays. So there is this wonderful window of opportunity to detect and correct at an early age.
And that’s what our Balanced Baby program is all about— Detection and Correction.
I BELIEVE THAT EVERY BABY SHOULD BE CHECKED FOR SUBLUXATION! So many problems can be prevented.
“As the twig is bent, doth grow the tree”