Chiropractic care has been known to have many health benefits in which many adults seek relief from pain, headaches, and all sorts of illnesses; but what about our children? In a time where there seems to be a pill to help with every matter whether mental or physical, many are seeking alternate or natural remedies to treat common ailments for themselves and their children. Some common ailments among children that have been shown to be improved through chiropractic care are ear infections, colic, asthma and even ADHD.
Ear Infections – According to parents.com 75% of children will experience an ear infection by the age of three. Studies have found: ear infections Investigators evaluated 46 children under the age of five with ear infections. A full 93% recovered within 10 days of chiropractic care (J Manipulative Physial Ther 1996;19:169-77). Another study looked at five children with recurrent middle ear infections who had been receiving medical treatment for at least six months, but had failed to recover, all children improved with no more than five visits to their chiropractor (J Clin Chir Ped 1996: 1:66).
Colic- According to coliccalm.com 25% of babies worldwide meet the official criteria to be considered colic. Studies have found: in one survey of 132 parents of infants with colic, 91% reported that they babies improved after an average of two to three chiropractic adjustments ( Eur J Chiopr 1985:33:264-5) Another study of 316 babies with colic found that 94% benefited from chiropractic care (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1989: 12:281-8).
Asthma- According with pediatricasthma.com 24% of children between the ages of 5-17 have some limited form of asthma. Studies have found: one experiment enrolled 81 children with asthma. After two months of chiropractic care, 90% of subjects showed a significantly improved quality of life (J vertebral Sublux Res 1997: 1:41-8) And, 76.5% of asthma patients in another survey reported benefiting from chiropractic (Bull Eir Chir Union 1978: 26:17-34).
ADHD – According with cdc.gov 8.4% of children ages 3-17 are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Studies have found: one study conducted at Mississippi State University compared chiropractic care to placebo treatment in seven youngsters with attention problems. Five of the patients showed improved behavioral scores. The report concluded that, “chiropractic manipulation (adjustment) has the potential to become an important non-drug intervention for children with hyperactivity” (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1989: 12:353).