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Have you taken your baby to a chiropractor for sleep issues?

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#1 Chazee

Posted 10 October 2006 - 11:07 PM

Hi all.

Have you used a chiropractor in regards to sleep issues with your baby?

If so, what issues were you having that were helped or 'fixed'?

My DD only cat naps during the day, and wakes frequently at night. She has a lot of difficulty going to sleep by herself.

Would chiropractics help this, or is it mainly for crying issues??

I see a fantastic chiro regularly who i would be happy to take her to, but would like to know first if it may help or not.

Thanks. original.gif

Edited to add, she's coming up to 5 months old.

Edited by layika, 10 October 2006 - 11:08 PM.

#2 PinkCrazy

Posted 10 October 2006 - 11:41 PM

We got our bub looked at when she was about 2 weeks old and if we have anymore I'll take them to be looked at regardless of if we suspect a problem.  
Since you already trust your chiropractor, I'd say you've got nothing to lose & get her checked.

As for if it helps the sleep, sorry I can't help there, Alicia had a sore shoulder and cried if we tried to pick her up under the armspits.  That was fixed in 1 visit. (she's been back about 3-4 more times for follow up)

#3 abismom

Posted 11 October 2006 - 12:14 AM

I remember reading a medical report a long time ago that babies sometimes get their hips 'twisted' during the birth process. This could go undetected by pediatricians as the folds on baby legs could disguise bone dislocation.

Baby could be crying due to pain from the dislocated joint. So if you know a good chiropractor, you can bring your baby to see him/her.


#4 lisa25

Posted 11 October 2006 - 06:34 AM

Our experience with a chiropractor was expensive and not helpful.  We were sent there for colic by a paed because she could possibly have her back displaced from the labour, but after 3 visits (nearly $200) and them telling us she had colic it turned out she didn't even have colic but I had no milk supply (due to retained placenta) and she was simply hungry.  When my GP examined DD she said there was nothing wrong with her back but the chiropractor said there was.  After starting DD on formula her 'colic' went away!

Our DD does catnap but I don't believe it has anything to do with her bones - some babies catnap and it is difficult to change.  It is sometimes said catnappers are alert, active babies that don't want to sleep that long during the day.  Our DD is a perfect night sleeper so we just deal with the catnapping.  She is 6 months now and the catnapping is fitting into her normal day and she is not as grumpy anymore.

It's just my opinion, but I believe chiropractors are not appropriate, especially for little babies.

#5 lissa28

Posted 11 October 2006 - 09:04 AM

We haven't been to a chiro but we are regularly going to an osteopath.

Both DS and I are going. It was a relatively traumatic birth and I was feeling pretty dodgy from it so I thought that it would be possible that DS felt the same (or similar). He was also sleeping pretty badly.

The osteo was lovely and specialises in pregnancy and babies (and post pregnancy too). She has worked a fair bit on DS and he is sleeping better- but there are so many variables (ie diet changes, routine changes) that I can't categorically say that it had an impact. However, my back which was just extraordinarily painful has really been helped so perhaps it is doing something for him to. He really likes it there and is never distressed so I feel comfortable in the fact that if it isn't helping it certainly isn't hindering.



#6 eloc

Posted 11 October 2006 - 12:01 PM

Same as PP.  We took DS to chiro for colic symptoms as the flow on effect was capnapping day and night. After 2 sessions it was all but gone.  We go every second month now for follow up and it also only costs us $5 after health care rebate. He is now 4 months old almost and sleeps well for a couple of hours at a time and has been sleeping through the night since around 2months.

Good Luck with whatever you decide.

Also,  My DD was alot worse than DS she was a terrible sleeper only wish I knew about the chiropractor then.

#7 Chazee

Posted 11 October 2006 - 02:05 PM

Thanks all. original.gif

I might have a talk with my chiro and see what he thinks then! You're right, it can't hurt! I should have taken her after she was born now that i look back at it, as she had many difficulties settling. Still has!  

Great to hear some success stories too. I know my chiro has done wonders for my health!!

Thanks again. original.gif

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