Failure to Thrive in Infants Helped with Chiropractic Care
by Brian Bartholomew D.C.
In December of 2015, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal Health & Family Health published a study on an infant girl diagnosed with failure to thrive that experienced great improvements with chiropractic care.
First, what is “Failure to Thrive”?
John Hopkins Medicine describes Failure to Thrive is:
“Failure to Thrive is defined as decelerated or arrested physical growth (height and weight measurements fall below the third or fifth percentile, or a downward change in growth across two major growth percentiles) and is associated with abnormal growth and development.”
In most cases, failure to thrive is believed to be caused by inadequate nutrition. A recent study reported that 80% of all cases have no known underlying medical conditions for the Failure to Thrive. Because of the lack of clear medical treatment, most patients don’t know where to turn. Some patients seek an alternative option like chiropractic care.
Can Chiropractic Care Help?
In this case, a 5 month old girl diagnoses with Failure to Thrive was taken to a chiropractor. The girl was also suffering from inconsolable crying, chronic diarrhea and was very underweight.
The mother reported that the problems started when the baby was only two months old. She had taken her daughter to the pediatrician, who prescribed the baby with medication. But the medicine was ineffective.
The problem became so bad that doctors wanted to insert feeding tubes into the baby’s stomach. Instead of she tubes the mother tried chiropractic care.
A chiropractic examination revealed that the baby had a subluxation in her upper neck. Chiropractic adjustments began and after the first adjustment, her mother noticed that her daughter had slept several hours continuously, without her waking up and crying. After three adjustments, the child stopped the daily screaming, and her stools started to become normal.
After one week of care, the girl gained 2 oz. Each of the following weeks the child’s weight continued to improve until she reached a normal weight.
Afterwards, a five year follow-up showed the child was normal, in good health and properly developed for her age.
About the author:
Dr. Brian Bartholomew owns and operates Ithaca Family Chiropractic in Ithaca, NY. His expertise is in pediatric care and structural corrective chiropractic care for all ages.
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