Many new Moms and Dads will ask if it is possible for an infant to be misaligned during the birth process. Good question!
Modern birthing methods of having the Mom push the baby out without gravity working to your advantage, laying flat on your back is a prescription for increased force into the head and neck of the baby in and of itself. But then you introduce all the drugs used during the birth process, which includes an epidural which numbs the area that a woman typically would feel when pushing. And the introduction of drugs like pitocin to induce delivery often before the baby is ready for delivery, can lead to prolonged labors and an increase likelihood of birth trauma. Also practice of a doctor pulling during delivery with 50-70 pounds of force into the infant’s head from the birth canal and instruments like forceps and vacuum extraction can lead to a variety of different birth injuries.
So much so that women are told things like “yes your baby fractured their clavicle during the birth process, but that is normal.”
What?! What is normal about a fracture during birth? It may be common…but that doesn’t make it normal.
Now an important consideration is that not all infants are misaligned. In fact, in my experience even with the severity of forces that are used in the majority of American births, most babies are not misaligned. On average, of the babies that I have checked over the years only about 10-20% are misaligned at birth.
But if a child is misaligned at birth it is critical to get that misalignment corrected as soon as possible.
A misalignment of the Atlas, the top bone in the neck (the most likely bone to misalign during the birth process) has been linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, colic, ear infections, acid reflux and many other neurological conditions related to brain stem dysfunction and accompanying symptoms.
So what are some ways that a parent may assess their own child to determine if their baby should be evaluated for an upper neck misalignment?
The easiest situation would be if your child begins to develop symptoms of any kind. Such as ear infections. If a child is having ear infections a frequent cause is a misalignment in the upper neck that leads to poor drainage of the ears because the nerves that control the ears begin in the upper neck.
Or if your baby has colic. Colic is frequently related to a vagus nerve irritation from an upper neck misalignment during birth. Once the misalignment is corrected. The colic often will go away immediately.
Or a variety of other symptoms that most pediatricians and parents will think that the child needs medications to cover up rather than seeking the underlying cause.
But if you have a seemingly healthy child who has not developed any symptoms yet then you can look at a few different things. Such as when the baby lays flat on their back do they have a tendency to always have their head turned in one direction? Or can you feel if the musculature in the lower back area near the pelvis is symmetrical from side to side? Or can you feel that one side is much tighter than the other?
If you are unsure about any of these things find a local upper cervical chiropractor in your area to check your baby as soon as possible. It can make all the difference in the world for the growth, development and the health of your son or daughter.
The other wonderful aspect of finding problems early in the life of your child is that the frequency needed of an adjustment. A infant corrected at birth of within the first year of life may be able to hold that one adjustment for months if not years. So get your kids checked…they really is no downside to having a properly aligned spinal column and properly functioning brain and nerve system.