How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Constipation in Infants
Stomach pains? Fussy infant? Bloated?
As a parent, anything can send you into a panic when it comes to the health of your child and that includes constipation and digestive issues too. Constipation is when it is difficult for your baby to poop or when they are not pooping as often as normal. The question is – Is it normal? No. Is there any help? Yes!
Is it normal for an infant to be constipated?
We all know the discomfort of bloating and constipation, children feel the same pain and discomfort. Constipation, though common in a lot of kids, is not normal and can cause many issues depending on the severity and age of the child. Regular bowel movements are essential for the health of your child. Constipation is not only hard on their digestive system but can also cause stress on the family when the baby is crying and fussy. In these situations, the parents are often suffering just as much as the child, because of the lack of sleep and constant worry as they try to help their baby feel better.
What are the symptoms of constipation?
If your infant is dealing with these recurring symptoms, it could be constipation.
- Infrequent bowel movements
- Bowel movements that appear painful or difficult to pass
- Change in eating and sleeping habits
- Hard stools
- Stomach pain and bloating
- Being very fussy and spitting up more often
These behaviors and symptoms can cause a lot of frustration for your baby and for you as parents. The good news? There is one highly successful option for infants: chiropractic care.
How Chiropractic care works for constipation in infants
Chiropractic care is a very important factor in aiding a child’s digestive system and can be key in getting them to have a bowel movement regularly. It will help restore normal bowel movement and ease symptoms of constipation. Misalignment in your child’s spine can put pressure on the nerves that are responsible for bowel movements. These nerves carry signals and information from the brain throughout the body.
That being said, when these nerves are compressed, they aren’t able to get the message to the organs correctly and the digestive system can’t work the way it should which leads to constipation.
Chiropractic care helps to gently adjust the spine to remove the interferences with nerves and restore normal spinal functions and open up the pathways for proper nervous system function. This allows the brain’s messages to get through to the stomach and intestines again and for normal bodily functions to be restored.
At Blossom Family Chiropractic, we often see children and infants brought in for constipation. Our goal is to adjust any involved segments of the spine that could be hindering your child’s ability to digest. We make them feel better, provide some relief to the whole family, and get their digestion function restored.
As one of St. Petersburg’s top pediatric chiropractors, we’re always striving to provide you and your kids with the best care and experience. If you are in the Tampa or St. Pete area and are looking for a pediatric chiropractor for your children, contact us to schedule an appointment to see how we can help your kiddos!