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    Overcoming Breastfeeding Problems with Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Overcoming Breastfeeding Problems with Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Breastfeeding Problems
The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health recently published a case study involving the response of an 8-week-old female who experienced difficulty breastfeeding and underwent upper cervical chiropractic care.

An 8-week-old female presented with the inability to suck properly and difficulty nursing. She presented with a left head tilt and misalignments were identified in the upper cervical spine. The infant received spinal and cranial adjustments and after the third adjustment the baby latched on and breastfed for 20 minutes without any difficulty and she continued to feed normally thereafter.

It is the innate ability of the full-term newborn to engage her mother and to initiate feeding at the breast at the moment of birth. Failure to do so demonstrates the possible impairment or disorganization of neurological immaturity or a mild to severe neurological/musculoskeletal problems.

There are several reasons as to why the newborn’s ability to suckle and breastfeed may be compromised. It is estimated that 2.6% of births are complicated by some type of birth trauma. Mechanical forces such as compression, distraction, torsion or a combination of these are sustained during the birth process. These forces can greatly reduce range of motion in the neck and create neurological deficits.

Upper cervical chiropractic has been shown to be extremely effective for the health of infants with a variety of different problems.
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Birth Trauma and GERD: Do Babies Need NUCCA?

Do Babies Need Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care?
It depends…are they misaligned?

Whether your child is struggling with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, acid reflux, ear infections or other common birth injury related conditions the most important question to consider is…are they misaligned?

Not all children are misaligned. In our experience approximately 50% of the kids that are evaluated are misaligned. In babies it is an even lower percentage. But when the spine is misaligned as a result of birth trauma it can have significant effects. Colic and other digestive conditions, ear infections, sleeping problems and more have been associated with upper neck misalignments.
Birth Trauma and GERD
An example is found in the January 28, 2011 issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health. There is a case study documenting improvement in a child with gastroesophageal reflux disease, constipation, and head deformation undergoing chiropractic care.

The authors of the study explain that the American Academy of Pediatrics defines gastroesophageal reflux (GER) as the passage of gastric contents into the esophagus while GER disease (GERD) is the presence of symptoms or complications from GERD.

In this case, a 5-month-old girl was brought in for chiropractic care with gastroesophageal reflux, constipation and a deformed head known as “plagiocephaly”. The girl had been suffering with GERD since birth and was experiencing approximately 8-10 regurgitations per day consisting of 2-4 tablespoons of gastric content. The history noted that the reflux was made worse by movement of the baby or sitting up on her own for over 5 minutes. The infant girl was breast-fed since birth and her diet was supplemented with small amounts of baby oatmeal.

A chiropractic examination was performed and showed multiple areas of muscle tightness, reduction in joint movement […]

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    Natural Drug Free Acid Reflux Approach for Babies in Upland, California

Natural Drug Free Acid Reflux Approach for Babies in Upland, California

Sphincter Not Fully Developed or Not Functioning Well?
Tele-management, the online television website had a recent story on infant acid reflux. In the report they said:

“Infant acid reflux occurs usually because the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is not fully developed. The LES is responsible for keeping the contents of the stomach away from the esophagus. When it doesn’t function well (or is underdeveloped), acidic stomach contents may be regurgitated into the esophagus, which causes the symptoms of infant acid reflux and heartburn.”

The article goes on to say “It is thought that about half of all infants who are otherwise in good health are affected by infant acid reflux. They may vomit or spit up food and fluid. Acid reflux is the main reason for vomiting in babies during the first four months of life.”
Severely Over-Medicated
Dr. Eric Hassall reports of the extreme over medicating of infants diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease, or acid reflux in the medical Journal Pediatrics, he said:

“in the 6 years from 1999 to 2004, there was a >7-fold increase in PPI prescription. One of the PPIs… saw a 16-fold increase in use during that 6-year period…”

This dramatic increase in acid reflux medications for infants has produced little to no results.

So what should a parent do if their child has the symptoms of acid reflux?
Drug Free Acid Reflux Treatment
During the birth process a misalignment can occur in the upper neck that will change the communication between the brain and the body leading to a variety of different problems, including acid reflux. The lower esophageal sphincter musculature is frequently not functioning properly due to improper nerve supply.

Dr. Godfrey Gutmann, a German medical researcher was looking into this connection all the way back to the […]

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ABC News Reports Babies May Be Overmedicated for Acid Reflux

Too Many Acid Reflux Prescriptions
ABC news recently reported that medical doctors are frequently over medicating babies for acid reflux.  New guidelines published in the journal Pediatrics say doctors and parents need to take a closer look before deciding on medication.

The report goes on to say the new recommendations call for lifestyle changes first. Those include changing positions when feeding, or giving many smaller meals a day, rather than several larger ones.  Mothers who are breastfeeding should also adjust their diets, to eliminate spicy foods.

Medications, such a proton pump acid reducers, should only be used for GERD, when complications arise.  And surgery should be the last option, reserved for children who are at risk of life-threatening complications.  The report in Pediatrics suggests there may too many children on medications, with the risk outweighing the benefits of them.
Birth Injuries and Acid Reflux
While lifestyle changes such as those listed above are great first option, the next option should not be medications or surgery.  ABC news failed to discuss a common cause of acid reflux in children.  During the birth process a misalignment can occur in the upper neck that will change the communication between the brain and the body leading to a variety of different problems, including acid reflux.

Two medical doctors from Europe have done extensive research into upper neck problems in newborns and how that relates to the health of children. Dr. Gutmann was researching the connection all the way back to the 1960’s… in 1987 Dr. Gutmann published his research linking the upper neck to problems ranging from acid reflux to scoliosis, ear infections, torticollis, colic and many other common childhood conditions.

Dr. Biedermann also has published extensively on this subject and published his findings in […]

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    Ear Infections in Children: The Medical Approach Is Not Working

Ear Infections in Children: The Medical Approach Is Not Working

Ear Infections: Medical Approach
Most parents are unfortunately very familiar with ear infections. Ear infections in children are the most common reason for trips to the pediatrician according to webMD. Every year in the U.S. 30 million kids see a pediatrician for an ear infection.

Traditional medical treatment of ear infections has been controversial in more recent years and typically begins with antibiotic therapy – the focus directed on the eradication of bacteria in the middle ear.   It has been discussed that there is no compelling evidence that children who are given antibiotics for treatment have shorter duration of symptoms, fewer recurrences of ear infections, or better long term outcomes.  And because over half of all ear infections are not caused by bacteria and recurrent use of antibiotics leads to depressed immune system, antibiotics may be doing more harm than good when it comes to kids with ear infections.

For a child who with recurring ear infections, the next protocol for treatment is the insertion of tympanostomy tubes in order to prevent recurrence, mastoiditis, and hearing loss.  Tympanostomy tubal insertion allows for the fluid in the middle ear to drain as well as permitting ventilation.  Due to a lack of consensus of which children who present with ear infections would benefit by having this procedure, it is estimated that 27-32% of tympanostomies performed are unnecessary. Even with tubal insertion, it is found that almost 98% of the children have a recurrence of ear infections within two months and 25% have total hearing loss within 7-10 years.
Upper Cervical Approach
With the medical approach to ear infections being so ineffective, many patients are looking for alternatives.  NUCCA Spinal care has proved to be extremely effective.  For instance, one study looked […]

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Cerebral Palsy in Children and Birth Injuries

Cerebral Palsy and the Upper Neck Connection
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most prevalent lifelong developmental disability in the United States. Upper cervical doctors have seen tremendous changes in patients with Cerebral Palsy.

Dr. William Amalu of the International Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association has published an amazing case study of a 5-year-old boy confined to a wheelchair with Cerebral Palsy, blindness, chronic ear infections, and severe seizures (30 per day).

After a thorough evaluation the patient was determined to have an upper neck misalignment and Dr. Amalu began a course of care. After the first adjustment, the patient’s mother noted that he had his first good night sleep in weeks. After the second adjustment, the patient’s seizures reduced dramatically to only 10 per day, his vocal drone became a quiet intermittent moan, and he began to clap his hands. His mother noted that he had become more alert, continued to sleep more soundly, began sitting up and looking around, responded to sounds by looking toward the source, and continued with a decrease in seizures to only 5 per day.

During the third and fourth week of care the seizures continued to occur at 5 per day, but all of the severe grand mal seizures had ceased. He was sleeping completely through the night now. For the first time in his life he said “dada”. By the end of the fourth week, his therapists suspected that his vision was suddenly improving. A re-examination of the patient was also performed at this time. There were no signs of any: vocal drone, writhing motions, upper neck muscle spasms or tenderness, restricted neck ranges of motion, or ear fluid. He was now capable of sitting up on his own and his mother […]