Baby Summary Week 38: reflux and chiropractors

Max is almost 9 months old.  This is the post for his 38th week of life.

He is EVERYWHERE.  He is eating well, and is still loving finger foods.  Like as in, LOVES.  He will eat a few jars of baby food, and then sit in his high chair and eat finger foods for 30 more minutes.  haha  And most of the food is making it to his mouth now.

He is crawling all over the house, chasing Lexie Raye, pulling up on everything, and really trying to stand …. on his head!  He loves to stand on his head and look through his legs.  It’s hilarious.
But he is also trying to stand on his own.  He finally picked those feet up and walked while holding my hands.  It’s like he has realized, “hey, I can move!”

Sleep is good; two naps a day.  One is at 9:00 and the other is either at 12:40, or 1:00 depending on how long his first nap was.  I think he is trying to tell me it’s time to push his nap back, to 9:15 or 9:30, because lately the morning nap has been short.  I may try it this weekend and see what happens.
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Yesterday we went to the chiropractor.  Yes, we. I am so excited, we are praying this helps improve his reflux, so we can get off this awful medicine.  If you haven’t read about chiropractic care in babies, you should Google it!

Illness such as SIDS, reflux, allergies, chronic ear infections, and poor health in general have been linked to poor spinal alignment.   Spinal alignment affects our nervous system and our overall health.  When adjusted correctly, these illnesses can be prevented and healed.  Ear infections and reflux are two of the biggest reasons parents seek chiropractic care for their babies and children.  On Natural Parents Network, Gretchen has a great story about her baby’s ear infections and how the chiropractor helped get rid of them.

If you’re thinking, “Well Meghan, babies didn’t go to the chiropractor 1,000 years ago, or 100 years ago,” This is what I would say: 
If you think about our evolution, (and I haven’t read proof of this anywhere, it’s my own thought) babies were carried in cloths, wrapped around on their mothers, with their hips appropriately below their knees (fellow baby-wearers know what I am talking about here) for centuries.  
They weren’t strapped into car seats on a daily basis, strollers on the weekends, or sitting in highchairs, exersaucers, etc during their day.  I’m not saying these things are bad, albeit, these things are necessary. 

For the last 8 months I have hesitated taking him to the chiropractor, although JTom and I have both used a chiropractor with success.  I think it was fear.  I wasn’t sure about someone adjusting my baby, and I honestly didn’t take much time to read more about it.

But I’ve had enough.

 This medicine is awful, it’s not good for him long term, I have to torture hold him down while he screams, gags, and coughs to get him to swallow it, and most days he spits it back up.
(We have tried all ideas for giving him the medicine, but if you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments for me!)  If the chiropractor doesn’t work, we will need to get back on the meds until we find something that does.

Our doctor was amazing; he was gentle and used an activator to adjust both max and Lexie.  He used me as their “tester” or “surrogate,” to muscle test both of them.  
I’m not a medical professional, so I won’t go into the long details of what a tester is.  But, if he can push my arm down, while touching a certain spot on their bodies, it means it is a weak area for them.  On an older child or adult he would use their arm, not a tester’s.

While doing Max (who was calm, relaxed, and happy, btw which I was surprised by since he screamed bloody murder at the family dr office the other day), my arm went down super far between his shoulder blades and his middle back.  

I looked at the doctor like, “what is that?!” and he said, 

“there’s your reflux.  These areas are digestion, chest and esophagus.”

I cried.

Although we may not have success with chiropractic care for Max’s reflux, I couldn’t believe I waited THIS LONG to do it.  I felt ashamed, in a way; this is so much better for him than those dangerous chemicals in his medicine he has been ingesting, against his will.

But I am glad we are doing it now.

I stopped the meds this morning; so far no reflux today.  *edit: this is a weaning process, not something that happens immediately.  I will be reducing his dosage, every other day, until we get down to nothing, or almost nothing.* We will make weekly visits for a month or so for adjustments.  Then I will probably do once a month or so, if we have success.

Lexie was also adjusted; my arm dropped for her in a few different places.  One was her middle back, and the other (which was worse) was her lower back.  So he used the activator and adjusted her.  He couldn’t test on her eczema, because it wasn’t flared.  But he said if it does flare, bring her in and he will try muscle testing for it.

That was it.  It was gentle, and easy.  Nothing painful, forceful, and torturous about it. 
I held Max, and of course Lexie was miss independent, but I could have held her if I’d needed to.  The dr. was wonderful!  Wonderful!  I highly suggest him if you are in the York area.  Contact me for more info, if you’d like.

I am not suggesting this for everyone, I am not a doctor or medical professional (I have to say this stuff to cover myself).  However, if your baby suffers from reflux, ear infections, colic, internal body infections (like yeast build up, etc), you should research chiropractic care for you child.

Read personal testimonials, because it isn’t something the mainstream medical community is going to say, “Yes!  Go try it and see if it helps.  I won’t worry about the kick back I won’t receive from these medicines that only mask the baby’s symptoms!”  No.  That’s not the general response you will get.  =)

My main reasons for finally trying it were:
A) it cannot harm them.  It isn’t painful, or scary.  It isn’t like filling their tiny bodies full of medicines that are not natural or meant for them.

B) I believe in nature.  I believe in God, and His science in the body.  I believe our bodies were made to protect and heals themselves.

C) I’ve always considered taking both of the kids to a chiropractor. It wasn’t until one of my dear friends told me her family’s story that I decided we would do it.  A baby in her family was scheduled for surgery due to chronic ear infections; he had reflux, and in general had been sick a lot.  He was taken to a chiropractor and adjusted.  Later, the family took him back to the pediatrician to see about the surgery and the doctor said the baby no longer needed surgery. *true story, friends!*

That was proof enough for me.  (This baby also happens to be the same age as Max)

Some of you are skeptical, and judging me right now.  =)  And that’s okay.  

I may be an “extreme, counter culture crazy,” but we are trying everything we can to get Max well, and off medications.  Like many of our decisions, this was done prayerfully, and I do pray next month I have a success story to share with you!

Or maybe you are interested, and curious to learn more.  

Either way, I suggest reading and researching about chiropractic care, its risks, and benefits.  Also, while reading, read comments written by others on the articles and blog posts; you will always find a wealth of information and links to blogs, websites, research, and studies in comments!

There are many videos like these on Youtube (the first one is our doctor):






Here are a few blog posts with personal experiences, websites on the subject, and my resources:

  1. http://www.clear-institute.org/docs/SIDS.pdf
  2. http://colebradburn.com/2012/01/04/why-infants-need-chiropractic-care/
  3. http://welladjustedbabies.com/why-parents-take-children-to-chiropractors/
  4. http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/03/our-experience-with-newborn-chiropractic-care-and-why-you-should-consider-it.html
  5. http://www.chirotips.com/index.html
  6. http://naturalparentsnetwork.com/infant-chiropractic-care/
  7. http://www.subluxation.com/subluxation-and-sudden-infant-death-syndrome/
  8. http://banned-from-baby-showers.blogspot.com/2011/07/chiropractic-standard-care-for-all.html
  9. http://yoyodinnernight.blogspot.com/2012/10/chiropractic-care-for-infants.html


I hope if you have been considering this type of treatment for your baby, that this post will help you make your decision.  I also hope if you are a skeptic, you will be encouraged to read, and educate yourself more.  You may come out a skeptic, still.  But maybe not.  =)

Have you tried “alternative” medicines for your family?  I would love for you to share your stories and experiences with me!




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