As an adult, it’s very easy to tell someone if we are hurting. We have words and actions and the ability to articulate to another person what the problem is and what we want done about it. But with infants and young children, this issue becomes a little bit tricky.
Infants, for example, have basically one way to tell you that something is wrong- and that is to cry. The problem is that crying can mean so many things: I’m tired, I’m afraid, I’m hungry, I’m cold, I’m hot, my diaper is full or I’m in pain.
Here are some clues that your baby might be in pain:
-If she tends to always turn her head to one side, or prefers breastfeeding on one side more than the other, this may indicate a problem in her neck.
-If your infant cries immediately upon being placed in a car seat, it may not be just because you are no longer holding him, but may be due to restrictions in his middle or lower back causing him pain.
-If your baby brings her knees up to her chest while crying, it is possible she has abdominal pain and is trying to position herself to minimize it.
-If you gently press your fingers up and down your baby’s spine, you may notice areas that make him flinch or squirm. Go up and down the spine again to see if the same reaction occurs again. If so, there is a good chance that you have just found some spinal restriction that should be dealt with.
Many infants and young children have minor issues with their spines that could turn into bigger problems later if not dealt with. The good news is that correcting these problems is very quick and easy. Chiropractic treatments on infants are safe and very gentle. Typically an infant will respond after only one or two treatments whereas an adult with a similar problem would require many treatments.
If you notice your baby showing any of these pain indicators, make sure to bring them in for a checkup!