Dr. Viana has been working with infants and children for the last 5 years and has become a trusted name in pediatric chiropractic care. Pregnancy can be a stressful time for mother and baby and in many instances infants run out of space well ahead of their due date. This is particularly evident in mothers of a petite stature. Common complaints that suggest baby is running out of room may include finding it difficult to breathe, pain radiating around the rib cage and one or more of the ribs being tender to touch. Injuries that commonly occur during delivery often include damage to the muscles of the neck and shoulders. These injuries often occur as a result of traction of the head to reposition the infant, pulling of the head, neck and/or shoulders during a c-section or use of tools such as a vacuum or forceps during delivery.
Why can’t my baby turn their head?
Infants who sustain an injury of the neck during delivery often injure a muscle called the SCM or sternocleidomastoid muscle. This muscle allows your infant to tilt to the right or left and rotate to the opposite side. When injures the muscle can shorten resulting in the infant being stuck in one position a condition known as torticollis. The infant will often demonstrate an inability to turn in one direction and may have difficulty nursing on one side. This condition is easily treatable with pediatric chiropractic care and should be addressed as soon as possible.
Why is my baby’s head flat?
Children who have untreated torticollis will be have restricted movement of the head and neck and as a result will begin to develop a flattening of one area of the head. The bones of the head can be thought of like plates which move and shift allowing the infants skull to grow. If the child lays on one side all of the time the plates will begin to shift as a result of the pressure creating a condition known as plagiocephaly. While it is possible to treat the cause of the torticollis – tight and injured muscles – if the plagiocephaly has progressed to far a referral to SICK kids may be necessary to fix the head shape.
My child complains of headaches and neck pain!
Children are spending more and more time on technology which is resulting in symptoms more commonly seen in older children and adults. Dr. Viana has treated children as young as 2 years old for chronic postural symptoms because of overuse of technology and poor posture. Poor posture can lead to daily headaches and neck pain in children the same as their adult parents.
My child’s legs hurt especially at night.
Growing pains are very common in young children. It is common to begin to see them in practice in children as young as 4. Children’s bones grow with rest and unfortunately the muscles must then play catch up. This often results in pain and discomfort especially at night. Working with a massage therapist and a chiropractor can often significantly reduce these symptoms.