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4 Ways Chiropractic May Help Your Baby

small baby holding on to moms fingerThe birth process is one of the most traumatic events a baby has to go through. That’s one of the reasons why Dr. Shire, your Midtown NYC chiropractor, recommends parents bring their child in as soon as possible after birth. “Starting out with a spine and nerve system free of interference and subluxation is a great way to begin the journey of life,” he said.

Dr. Shire can provide a gentle adjustment to remove any interference in their nervous system.

Here are some other ways pediatric chiropractic can help babies:

Colic Relief

Colicky babies cry constantly, which can be hard on both the baby and the parents. Chiropractic care for babies with colic has shown to alleviate symptoms. Rest assured, Dr. Shire adjusts babies using very light pressure-about the same that’s used to check a tomato for ripeness.


Some babies are brought in with torticollis or stiff neck from a difficult childbirth, and this prevents them from turning from side to side. This can interfere with breastfeeding equally from left side to right side. Usually a gentle adjustment to the upper cervical spine is enough to free that up to allow complete rotation for both sides. The adjustment also helps with proper development.


Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) causes acid reflux to back up into the esophagus. Infants with GERD often spit up a lot and are fussy after eating because of discomfort. By gentle adjustments of the spine and neck, the nervous system is stimulated and improves the control of the upper valve of the stomach, which stops the reflux.

Breastfeeding Challenges

Chiropractic care for babies can help improve latching. Dr. Shire can gently massage the muscles of the baby’s jaws until they relax, so that the bones can be brought into proper alignment. Once this is accomplished, the infant should latch properly and get their full amount of breast milk.

Just as chiropractic care helps improve adults’ well-being, we recommend our natural care to infants-just for the health of it!

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