In our office, we see a lot of families and kids and babies. And a question that I get asked often is how long should my baby keep coming in and getting adjusted? Now, there are a lot of reasons why families and babies come in the first place? Maybe there was some trauma at birth. That started to cause a problem like torticollis or some feeding issues, because there was tongue tie or some kind of cranial issue where maybe baby’s not going to the bathroom well, or spitting up too much or having ear infections or something like that.
There’s clearly something that is going on that has this. Effect on baby’s health. And so there are some different things that we can do. And so first thing I want to do is look at this continuum of health and I try to break this down. So it’s super simple over here on the left, we have 0% health where we’re just, not alive.
And then we have on the opposite in a hundred percent where we’ve reached our optimum potential. And we have gone as far as we can go that we’re as healthy as we can be, that we can function as well as we can. And then we have somewhere in the middle. And guys, let me tell you that we have to drop down quite a bit before we start having symptoms.
And before we start having problems. And so for the sake of our illustration today, we’re gonna say that at about 30, at about 40% of health, when we get to that point, then we have symptoms. Once you get under that, and those symptoms can show up as a lot of things. Again for babies, it’s ear infection and colic and digestive issues, either being constipated or spitting up too much, or all kinds of things.
And if we’re way down there then that’s the point where I see a lot of parents bringing their baby to me, to be able to help them with their symptom. And we love. taking care of babies. And we love taking them over that hurdle over that that 40% mark there where things are functioning better.
But it’s the same question that I have for adults as how healthy do we want to be? Do we get to the point where we where we’re just satisfied with not having symptoms or do we want to continue to improve? And let me explain a couple of things, just so that we’re really clear with chiropractic. We understand that the nervous system is control.
In control over everything. So your brain sends messages down the spinal cord out of all the nerves, those nerves go to every part of our body. And as long as that pathway is really clear that our body can function really well. But different things can happen that can affect the way the nervous system is functioning.
These little misalignments in the spine. They put pressure on nerves in those nerves, travel to different parts of our body. And if those nerves aren’t functioning well, then our body’s not gonna function very well. So if your baby has little misalignments, Spine the most common are at C one and C two, and then down in the sacrum.
Now we have some other things that show up in the middle too. But if you have those misalignments in the spine, then even if baby doesn’t have symptoms, they’re still not functioning as well as they can. And because of that, it’s so important to make sure that we do anything that we can to keep things working, feeling functioning as well as we possibly can.
And that’s where chiropractic comes into play. We give really gentle adjustments to get things working better. We come up with ways to keep things functioning well with your baby. Really just normal, healthy habits work just fine. The joy of babies is as they start moving and figuring out how to crawl and walk and roll over and fall down and stand up and fall down, these things constantly work their way in and out of position.
And the good news is. This baby’s flexible. And because baby’s flexible, they don’t fracture things because baby’s flexible. They don’t die because they fall. But because baby’s flexible, things can move out of position very easily and it’s even more important to make sure that things are functioning really well.
So getting baby checked out regularly can make a huge difference in how baby is feeling and functioning, checking out baby and getting baby adjusted is going to help move. Picture forward, moving forward past that 40%, 50%, 60% working them up to a hundred percent. All of us want that goal to be a hundred percent healthy, as healthy as we can possibly be.
Same goes for your baby. So a lot of it depends on your goals. If you’ve, if the goal is symptom relief and you’ve achieved symptom relief, and that’s all you want, then you’re all set. If your goal is to help baby, to get to a hundred percent health, like it would be to get yourself to 100% health. Then once symptoms are.
It’s still a good idea to get baby checked out periodically to make sure that things are functioning really well. We typically adjust babies anywhere from once a week to once a month, depending on how things are working. And so I look forward to taking care of you and your family have a wonderful day.
I’m Dr. Emil Tompkins and we’ll see you later.