As you may know, my wife and I were blessed in 2009 with the birth of our daughter, Marley. She is such a joy in our lives and keeps us on our toes all day every day! Marley is nearing her 3rd birthday, and has suffered just 2 colds so far. We constantly get comments by our friends and family like “She never gets sick!”, “Seriously, she has never had an ear infection?!” What is our secret? It’s not a secret! She gets regular chiropractic care, and we would not have it any other way. The First Subluxation Birth can be traumatic for the mom as well as the baby. In fact, many babies receive their first subluxations during pregnancy and the birthing process. Modern medical procedures such as the Cesarean section, the use of forceps, and induced deliveries put unnatural strains on the infant’s delicate body. Frequently, doctors still hold the baby upside down from the feet. Throughout the ordeal, the tiny spine is twisted, tugged and stretched. The frequent result: subluxations. Kids Of course, the strain on the spine doesn’t stop in the delivery room. Children are, by nature, active and energetic. They run, jump, tumble and fall. Since their bodies are extremely flexible and resilient, they often will show nothing more than a bruise or scrape after life’s minor accidents. But that’s on the outside. On the inside, the body has been jarred with considerable force. The small bones forming the spinal column — which protects the central nervous system’s spinal cord — can be forced out of their proper positions. Seeing a chiropractor regularly helps put your children’s body back in alignment. Ear Infections The prevention of childhood ear infections are the most common reason that kids are brought into our office. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics indicates that there is a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the resolution of ear infections. 332 children with chronic ear infections participated in the study. Each child, ranging in age from 27 days to 5 years, was given a series of chiropractic adjustments. The results show that close to 80% of the children did not experience another ear infection within the six-month period following their initial visits. Blessings, Dr. Ryan Gebhardt, D.C.