No parent wants to see their infant in pain. Acid reflux is one of the most common problems that afflicts babies. Symptoms include:
- Excessive vomiting
- Crying when feeding
- Refusing to eat
- Choking while eating
- Abdominal pain
Acid reflux can result in stunted growth, breathing problems, and colic.
What Causes Acid Reflux in Infants?
Many causes are suspected, but the one thing that remains the same is treatment. Most doctors will recommend some type of medication to reduce acid. However, there is increasing evidence that acid reflux in infants is the result of injuries or trauma suffered at birth.
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Can Help
Upper cervical chiropractic focuses on the correction of misalignments in the C1 and C2 vertebrae. This is a misalignment that can be caused during the birth process. Adjustments that realign the vertebrae can often improve reflux immediately and even resolve it over time.
But is chiropractic safe for an infant?
Upper cervical chiropractic does not involve the popping, cracking, or twisting used in general chiropractic. It is a gentle adjustment and has no side effects, unlike reflux medications that are commonly prescribed. Obviously, you should do research and use your own judgement when making decisions about treatment for your baby.
Dr. Jeff Leach is an upper cervical chiropractor in Plymouth, Minnesota. Dr. Leach will be happy to speak with you about your baby’s acid reflux so that you can determine how to proceed.
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/