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December 2014 Family Wellness First Newsletter

This month's issue of Family Wellness First details ways to know if your child could use a trip to the chiropractor. Click here for the full article.

How can I tell if my child has spinal imbalances?

Just as it is important that you have your children’s teeth checked by a dentist, it is also important to have their spine checked regularly for proper development. Use the following list to check for spinal imbalances:

  • Have your child bend over with arms dangling forward. When you run your hand over his or her spine, does it curve from side to side?

  • Look at your child from the rear, does one shoulder blade stick out or appear to be higher than the other?

  • When looking at your child from the rear, is one ear higher than the other?

  • Does your child’s back appear to be humped or rounded?

  • Do your child’s clothes fit properly;; are hems and waistbands of skirts or pants even?

How about my infant?

You can also observe your baby to check for spinal imbalances:

  • When your baby is lying on his back, does his head seem to tilt to one side?

  • Does your baby prefer breastfeeding on one side?

  • Does your baby arch her back when crying?

  • Is your baby slow to develop adequate neck strength to hold his head up?

  • An estimated 60-90 lbs. of force is used on an infant’s neck during “normal” delivery. Do you think this could cause damage to your child’s spine and nervous system?

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