Constipation in Children
When your baby or child hasn’t had a bowel movement in days it can be pretty scary. Medical interventions are often just as scary to parents, so many parents look to alternatives to help with their child’s constipation relief. Constipation in newborns can be especially worrisome as diet changes and exercise are not really options, in most cases.
A natural solution, such as a chiropractic adjustment, can help relieve some constipation situations. Constipation in children and infants is often the result of a misalignment of the spine (a subluxation) which affects the nervous system’s ability to carry signals from the brain to various areas in the body. The nerves in the lumbar spine (lower back) control the colon or intestines. A subluxation in the lumbar spine can cause inflammation of those nerves and affect the nervous system’s control of the colon or intestines. With a gentle chiropractic adjustment, normal motion to the spine can be restored which allows normal nerve system control of the intestinal system.
Constipation in children can of course be related to diet, exercise and other medical issues. Before resorting to laxatives, perhaps you should consider the possibility of chiropractic care to relieve your child’s constipation issue. There are many chiropractors who specialize in treating children and some who offer a more gentle technique which some parents prefer for their child.
Chiropractic adjustments are not a miracle cure for constipation, but in some cases it is the best way to restore the body’s natural position so that all bodily functions can operate normally.
The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association has an interesting case study on how chiropractic can help with constipation in children: http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/the-effect-of-chiropractic-care-on-an-infant-with-problems-of-constipation.html
Constipation during Pregnancy
In addition to children with constipation issues, many women suffer from constipation during pregnancy and are looking for non-medical solutions to ensure their unborn baby is safe. Chiropractic adjustments are perfectly safe to get while pregnant and may also help with constipation during pregnancy. The many changes that take place within the body throughout pregnancy can result in subluxations in the lumbar area and these can affect the colon and intestines. Correcting these subluxations can sometimes bring constipation relief. In addition, chiropractic adjustments can result in relief from lower back pain (as well as other aches and pains) often experienced by pregnant women.