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Taking a baby to a chiropractor? Lock Rss

I have an 8 month old baby who cries virtually contantly during the day and has done this since the day she was born. I have continually gone back to doctors asking for help and we've tried treating her for all the usual things like colic and reflux with no success.

She also wakes several times during the night. In fact some nights I get to see every hour of the clock as she can wake that often. I am really at breaking point myself and I'm worried that there must be some reason why my baby is crying so much. Even my neighbours hear her and have agreed with me that she sounds like she is in pain. The only thing that does settle her is if I stand up and nurse her. If I sit down with her, she will start crying again.

I have heard that sometimes babies backs are 'put out' during birth and that taking her to a chiropractor could help. I am really unsure about the idea of taking such a little baby to a chiropractor and was wondering if anyone else might have ever tried this sort of treatment. I really don't know what else to do since all the conventional doctors I have seen keep fobbing me off. The last doctor I saw told me that "I must be tired and it can get hard to cope with a baby like that". thanks
Absolutely take your bub.

Mine has been having chiro since day one - and even before he was born as i had chiro almost twice a week during my pregnancy.

I would say though if you don't already see a chiro yourself. Get some referals from people in your area as you want a good one and one that is great with babies and kids.

If you are in melb I can tell you the name of mine but where wvere you are you will find a good one I am sure.

Most importantly if you do start going and find that it works for you guys don't let anyone make you feel bad for seeing a chiro. Just like some people get dirty looks and comments for using formula and dummies I often get horrible comments when people find out I take Bubs to a chiro (which he loves - He gets a little orgasmic look on his face when she rubs his head!!!)

Good luck and keep me posted


Steph VIC Mummy to one gorgeous boy

Hi Barbara,

If your baby has been checked by the doctors and they cannot find a cause for her constant crying I would definately try alternative avenues.

I too have heard parents taking their bubs to chiroprators for various complaints and have found relief for their babies.

I haven't been as yet but will be as I haven't had a chance to go and your post has reminded me again. I would have gone sooner if my son had been born naturally but unfortunately I had a c-sect so have been a bit slack but I have been blessed with a son who does not seem to have any problems. I would just like for him to get checked to make sure everything is fine. I desperately need to go as I need adjusting from my pregnancy.

I have used them before my pregnancy and have found them to be extremely beneficial.

If you choose to go make sure you do your homework and make sure that they are properly accrediated and do regular adjustments on babies and children. Make sure that they are a member of the Chiropractors Association of Australia as I have found these Chiroprators to be very well trained.

Their website is

I hope this is of some help to you and I hope you find relief with them for your baby girl.

Good Luck smile

I am a regular chiropractor goer and have been for the last 10 years. However there are good and bad chiropractors. The first one I saw actually stuffed my back so badly I had to have 2 spinal operations. Fortunately for me I now have a really good Chiro in Sydney who I basically trusted with my ability to walk after my operations. I trust him and get along with him so much he was even at my wedding. He has a chiro on staff that specialises in children. I personally have not taken my little girl there as I am a big chicken after my operations but I know plenty of people that have. If you would like his details, please email me.

Hi Barb,

I take my babes to the chiro & they love it. My almost 4 Year old has been going since she was 6 weeks & my 17month old son was the same.

Quite often if they aren't sleeping properly I take them to the chiro & they give them a gentle massage & click where it needs it & that fixes them.

I would do as Steph mentioned first though, get some referrals if you don't already go yourself.

Good luck.

Michelle - Mum to 2

Hi Barb

I agree with everyone else. I started taking my baby to the chiropractor at 2 months, because she was screaming the house down with reflux. Within 3 visits she was a different baby. Do make sure you go to a reputable chiro as the others have mentioned, so that you dont get more problems!

Hope everything gets better soon, i know how hard it is with a screaming baby
Sounds like a good idea. I think a cranial osteopath could be good too as they are for babies that have misaligned boodies through the birth process. Check with your maternal health nurse. Let us know of an outcome!

JZ mum to Bradley 17/08/03 and Heidi 25/02/06

I also want to add that I too use formula and a dummy for my baby. I would have gone insane otherwise!

JZ mum to Bradley 17/08/03 and Heidi 25/02/06

My cousin had a baby last year, who by 7months was not meeting all the developmental milestones, rolling over, and wouldn't sleep in the car, and I think was hard to settle often. They took her to a chiropracter who found that her shoulder was out and had been since birth, and after a couple of visits, she was fine, and in no time at all was catching up on her milestones and was much more settled.....I'd say give it a go.....I've never taken my children before, but my mum took me when I was a baby!
Hope you get some answers soon, you certainly need some rest!
I see a osteopath regularly, and I can't wait for my appointment tomorrow morning! My 17 month old girl has been done about 4 or 5 times. I prob should explain first, that my father in law is a chiropractor (who lives miles away) and when my little girl was about 6 months or so, she started to be really wingy and unsettled, constantly crying and basically driving me insane. This had gone on for at least a few weeks. My husband suggested that we get his dad (who was visiting at the time) to give her a treatment, which he did - she was a different child after that. She was instantly happy and the winging stopped. I also have a friend who's little boy was a very unsettled baby from birth - he did not like being cuddled and was always stiff and jerky - she took him to get treated by a cranial osteopath - his mother said he literally 'purred' during the treatment and was a different child afterwards. I have also taken my daughter to a cranial osteopath, and she was much happier during that particular treatment then the chiropractic treatment - it is much softer and more suited (my opinion anyway) for babies. We intend on her getting a treatment every 3 - 6 months this way (cranial osteopath) as children constantly trip and fall (as well as growing) therefore their backs continue to 'go out'. Anyway, all the best with your descision and I hope it all works out for you.

Linda (Jessica 3/4/03, Caleb 11/4/05)

Thanks everyone for your replies.

I was a bit worried about starting this topic as I thought I would be swamped with people wondering how insane I must be. It was great to log on and see so many of you with positive experiences.

I have never been to a chiropractor myself so I was wondering if any of you would be willing to answer a few questions for me before I go ahead and take my baby. I have heard that when you see a chiro, you hear bones "cracking". I have had horrid visions of my little angel lying there with cracking sounds coming from her little body. Is this what I am to expect or am I being really too overdramatic? What would I expect to see a chiro do to my little one? Will she actually experience pain during the procedure? Should he/she do some sort of tests and xrays before starting any treatment?
Once again, thanks for your replies. You have given me the strength to keep plugging along because now maybe there could be a solution in sight.

It is great that you are asking so many questions you are a great mum smile

Obviously we can't say for sure what your chiro would do so hear is a brief description of what mine does - bare n mind too that with Bennett he (like me) just goes for general well being rather than him having any problems (the huggies mums taht have met my wee fella with vouch for his relaxness)

The first thing she ever did to him was grab him by his feet and hang him upside down. When hubby heard this he nearly had a heart attack until he saw it being down and Bennett loves it - it is only for a few seconds and it shows the DR which way if any the spine is turned to.

Within 2 visits she had rounded out his flat head (from sleeping on his back) by massaging his skull very gently which he loves and I think this helped create a bond between them too.

With the actual adjusting i hold him in my arms with his head on my shoulder and she used the adjuster which is a chiro tool that clicks into you very gently and she has a special baby one and she actually shoots the adjuster through her thumb ( i know this makes no sense its hard to explain) so the jolt he gets is sooo tiny.

She also checks his hips just like the materal health nurse does.

Due to their ages I doubt they would get sent for xrays and I have hear a lot of chiros don't charge for the bubs when the mum is being seen also - so why not treat yourself to chiro you will love it

and one last thing I don't think they go anywhere near their necks at this age but I could be wrong - my one doesn't with Bennett.

Where about are you maybe one of us mums can reccomend chiro you can have a chat with??


Steph VIC Mummy to one gorgeous boy

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