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Resolution of Constipation in an 8-month-old child Following Adjustment of Vertebral Subluxation

Jana Miceli, D.C. & Joel Alcantara, D.C.

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2016 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 14-17


Objective: To describe the chiropractic care of an infant with chronic constipation.

Clinical Features: An 8-month-old baby boy was presented with a chief complaint of constipation. At initial consultation, the infant had not made a bowel movement for five days. Increase fluid intake was unsuccessful in resolving his problem.

Intervention and Outcome: The patient was cared for consistent with the Gonstead Technique. Within a short period of his first adjustments, the infant proceeded to have a very large bowel movement while sitting in his car seat. Two hours later additional bowel movements occurred. The mother also stated that her child was of a much happier disposition.

Conclusion: This case report supports evidence-informed practice in the care of patients through the detection and removal of spinal subluxations and its concomitant salutary effects.

Key words: Chiropractic, constipation, pediatrics, vertebral subluxation, adjustment, Gonstead

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