Get Gentle Pediatric Chiropractic care at Baseline Health and Wellness
Join us as we discuss all the ways pediatric focused chiropractic care at Baseline
can support your child’s developmental milestones and overall health!
Our Approach to Pediatric and Child Focused Chiropractic Care
At Baseline, we believe that chiropractic care for babies is just as important as it is for adults.
During the birthing process, babies undergo major shifts as they transition from their
environment in utero, to the outside world. Regardless of the type of birth, or if instruments are
used, the baby’s body, especially the skull and spine, must endure various pressures and
strains. It can be beneficial to have alignment and muscle tension assessed following this big
As babies grow and develop, their bodies change rapidly over a short amount of time. Their bodies learn to move independently and weight bare as they reach milestones including rolling, crawling, sitting and standing. Since learning new ways to move comes with inevitable bumps and falls, chiropractic care can support babies in a gentle way as they move through all these important and exciting developmental and growth milestones.
When should I bring my baby/child in to see a chiropractor?
It’s never too early for your baby to receive chiropractic care! At Baseline, we believe the sooner the better, so that families can be fully supported through their journey with a new little one. Many parents enjoy bringing their baby in for care in those early days or weeks following birth to ensure their tiny body is aligned, and feeling its best. Remember that when the spine is supported and aligned, so is the nervous system, and the nervous system controls everything in the body including sleep, digestion, and movement!
“I saw Dr. Jenine throughout my entire pregnancy so I couldn’t wait to bring my baby girl in to see her. We go for wellness checkups around her milestones and it’s amazing how well her body moves and feels after care. Her sleeps are always so much better after seeing Dr. Jenine!”
How quickly do improvements happen?
We typically see improvements very fast when it comes to babies and children. Babies don’t have years of wear and tear, muscle tightness, and poor posture habits like you and I. Babies are new to this world, so often subtle and small adjustments go a long way. Of course if there are more serious concerns regarding alignment, it may require more visits. In this case, a course of treatment will be discussed or even collaborated with other health specialists. Overall babies typically respond very fast to pediatric chiropractic care. Every session is based on the babies individual needs, and treatment is custom to their developmental journey.
An initial visit, which includes: history taking, performing an examination, and treatment is one hour in length. The initial visit will include a full explanation of what we find in our exam, treatment that includes light muscle work and small adjustments to the spine, and a
review of home stretches, or exercises depending on the needs of your little one. Homework
might include how to help your baby stretch, or to assist with various milestones like assisting
them while rolling over, or helping them stand.
Subsequent visits are half an hour long and include muscle work, adjustments if needed and a review of home care exercises and possible new ones to keep your progress going. By putting emphasis on longer appointment times, we believe this is the best way to have high quality patient centered, thorough pediatric chiropractic care.
What you can expect following a treatment:
Our goal is to have your little one feeling the very best leaving our clinic following treatment. After leaving the appointment, and as the nervous system and body resets, it’s common for your little one to want more snuggles, more frequent feeds, and perhaps have more bowel movements. A follow up visit will be discussed, then treatment as needed on the individual needs of where your little one is at in their developmental milestones.
“My baby had a lot of trouble hitting milestones, especially around rolling over, then crawling. Dr. Jenine helps us realize his pelvis was tight and a bit sore, making him not want to move certain ways. After treating him, he was way more comfortable and started crawling the next day!”
Specific Conditions We Often See for Children:
Parents who bring their child in for chiropractic care at our Vancouver clinic, includes any of the following:
● Side preference when feeding or moving
● Late to reach specific milestone such as rolling, sitting, crawling, walking
● Delayed or missed milestones
● Right or left side dominance before the age of one
● Latch issues
● Noticeable pain/discomfort at rest, sleep, or with movement
● Scooting, crawling, walking in an odd/unique/funny way
● General wellness maintenance
● Stressed out nervous system
● Hard to console, fussy, unsettled
● Difficult/long birth
● Head shape concerns
How can chiropractic help my baby reach milestones?
We hear a lot about milestones when it comes to baby growth and development. Milestones are
the skills that your baby learns as they grow; and include rolling over, sitting, crawling, and
standing, to name a few.
Some milestones may be delayed or skipped if a child is uncomfortable or in pain performing that activity. We must remember that babies will not do any activity that causes them pain, and will find a way around them. This will lead to delayed or missed milestones. An example of this would be crawling but instead of both knees on the floor, one foot may be planted to propel themselves forward. You may think this method is strange or even funny, but this could be an indication that the pelvis or hip is tight/stuck which could be assessed and treated with gentle chiropractic care to resolve the issue.
Common advice for delayed or missed milestones is that eventually the baby will “catch up” to his or her peers. Rather than waiting to see if issues will resolve on their own, seek out treatment from a pediatric chiropractor who is trained to assess and treat common issues like this. We want families to feel supported and encouraged as they navigate this new journey with their little one.
“I cannot thank Dr. Jenine enough for the treatment she provided me during pregnancy. I had terrible low back pain and pubic bone pain early on in my pregnancy that affected everything I did. She was able to relieve my pain so I could continue working out and doing activities with my kids”
Get your child assessed today!
Call Baseline Health and Wellness for an initial Chiropractic consultation and support during your pregnancy! Give us a call at (604) 674-4027, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at www.baselinewellness.ca to book your appointment today!