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Resolution of Birth Trauma Sequelae Following Adjustment of Vertebral Subluxations in an Infant

David H. Spear, PhD, DC & Joel Alcantara, DC


Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2016 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 28-31 




Objective: To describe the chiropractic care of an infant with vacuum extraction induced birth trauma and a diagnosis of infantile colic and acid reflux.

Clinical Features: A 6-week-old infant boy presented with chief complaint of infantile colic, acid reflux, restlessness, inability to relax and/or lay on his back, difficulty sleeping and general irritability. Medical consultation resulted in a diagnosis of acid reflux and infantile colic and labeled as a “high needs baby.” 

Intervention and Outcome: The patient received chiropractic care using Activator instrument and “touch and hold” adjustments for a total of 7 visits over 7 weeks. The patient’s presenting complaints resolved following a trial of care. 

Conclusion: This case report provides supporting evidence on the effectiveness of chiropractic in children presenting with colic, acid reflux, sleeplessness and irritability. We support further research and documentation in this area of patient care.

Key words: Acid reflux, infantile colic, irritability, birth trauma, adjustment, spinal manipulation, chiropractic, vertebral subluxation  

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