Stanton Hom, DC, DACCP & Kaitlyn Shikada, DC
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ July 5, 2021 ~ Pages 53-59
Objective: To report on the positive health outcomes experienced by an infant with numerous health challenges following birth trauma.
Clinical Features: A 2-month-old infant male presented with primary health concerns following a traumatic birth. The umbilical cord wrapped around the baby’s body, a vacuum extraction was performed and the mother was induced. When the baby was born he was not breathing, was completely cyanotic and had to be resuscitated. His head was deformed and he experienced bruising as a result of the birth process. The infant had blood and mucous in the stool, severe discomfort in the digestive system, severe colic, breastfeeding challenges and sleep issues. The patient’s mother received chiropractic care in a therapeutic setting during pregnancy and post-partum.
Intervention and Outcomes: Various analyses were used to detect subluxation including static and motion palpation of the spine and cranium, range of motion, inversion, and infrared thermography. Adjustive care included a combination of functional neurology, MLS, Sacro-Occipital Technique, and Activator. Following chiropractic care the infant experienced relief from all of his symptoms.
Conclusion: This case study demonstrates the successful management of vertebral subluxation over an 8-month period in an infant who had experienced birth trauma with resulting health challenges. Further research is warranted in this population of patients.
Key Words: Pediatric chiropractic, adjustment, manipulation, vertebral subluxation, colic, digestive disorders, allergic colitis, deformational plagiocephaly, birth trauma