Common Pediatric Conditions:
- Plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome)
- Lip & Tongue Tie
- Inability or difficulty with latch or feeding
- Ear Infections
- Sinus and allergies
- Developmental Milestone & Delays
- Acid reflux & GERD
- Constipation and/or diarrhea
- Sensory processing disorders or disabilities
- Motor control & decreased ability to move properly
There are many more conditions that parents bring to us, so if you have questions about something specific, always feel free to reach out and ask!
838 3rd Avenue
Sibley, IA 51249
Hours: Tu/Th 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
There are several reasons why it is beneficial to check for spinal alignment in children. Kids have many stressors to their bodies, even in the first few years. These stressors can play a role in lifelong spinal changes, due to the fact that a baby's spine is mostly cartilage at birth and is not fully developed into bone until the early adult years. We want to do everything we can to assure it grows and develops appropriately during their childhood.
The first potential stressor is in-utero constraint. If a child was in a less than ideal position during the pregnancy, it can affect the way his/ her spine develops in the years to come. In addition, the birth process itself can cause spinal changes even in the most natural birth settings. Add to this the use of vacuum, forceps, cesarean, and even the doctor's strong pulling action, and it becomes very likely the baby will have alterations to their young spine just from being born!
Once the baby is out in the world, there are several factors that can contribute to spinal changes. Traditional diaper changing where the legs are lifted high in the air can create a buckling point in the lower part of the spine. Kids who spend much of their day in a walker, jumper or car seat tend to also have stress on their spines. The falls are numerous when they begin learning how to walk and this creates a constant stress to the spine.
As they get a little bit older, kids can be tough on their bodies. Learning to ride a bike, falling out of a tree, jumping from high places, heading the soccer ball, getting tackled in football, backflips in gymnastics, etc. all can affect their growing spines.
If a child's spine is affected by any of these means, it will affect the ability of their nerves to properly communicate between their brain and body. This can manifest as symptoms of back or neck soreness/stiffness, decreased immune capabilities, ear infections, colic, constipation, bedwetting, learning disorders, and more. However, more frequently, the child has no symptoms at all but may rather experience illness or symptoms as an adult.
These physical stressors are always present, but if we can prevent long term alterations to the spine, the child will be healthier now and as an adult. We now know it takes up to ten years to see degenerative (arthritic) changes on an x-ray. That means the teenagers and young adults who have these changes more than likely had the initial insult to their spine as a young child. This is just one more reason to have your child checked by a chiropractor.
When a child does not have symptoms, we call it a "wellness visit". The chiropractor checks the child's spine for signs of misalignment and gives light spinal adjustments as needed. Children are very resilient and their wellness visits tend to be much less frequent than adults.
Phone: (605) 254-7735
Fax: (605) 610-0927
312 E. Holly Blvd.
Brandon, SD 57005
Hours: M/W/F 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM