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Babies and Children at Kerikeri Road Chiropractic

Most people recognize the value of chiropractic care for adults. But a better functioning nervous system can help everyone – and that includes your children!

Below we answer frequently asked questions regarding chiropractic care for children:

Why take your children to see a chiropractor?

The birth process may be the cause of your child’s first subluxation. Subluxations are misalignments in your baby’s spine that interfere with or distort controlling nerve impulses between the brain and each part of the body.

Pulling, forcing and twisting a baby during birth can cause subluxations. Caesarean section, forceps and suction extraction can do unseen damage. The administration of drugs and anesthesia can also negatively affect a newborn.

With vital neurological signals compromised, your child’s health may be impaired from his/her first breath. Only a chiropractic examination can tell if subluxations are involved.

How soon should my child see a chiropractor?

Ask yourself, how soon would I like my child’s nervous system working at 100%?

Unable to speak for themselves, many newborns experience unexplained crying, lack of appetite, difficulty feeding, colic, frequent ear infections or other signs of poor health. Spinal subluxations hinder your child’s ability to ward off infection. Weakened by a compromised nervous system, his/her stomach, lungs, nose, ears and throat can welcome viruses and other microbes.

Chiropractic care is all about restoring the integrity of the nervous system and the workings of every cell, tissue and organ in your child’s body.

Will Chiropractic Adjustments Hurt My Baby?

Chiropractic care for children is different from that for adults. An infant’s spine rarely has the long standing muscle tightness seen in adults. Adjustments are tailored to your child’s age, weight and spinal condition – and often require no more pressure than you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato.

How Have Other Children Benefited from Chiropractic Care?

Many parents report that their children miss less school. They report improvement in their child’s ability to concentrate. Their child’s overall well-being and immunity is enhanced – resulting in less colds, earaches and general illness.

Chiropractic has helped with sleep issues, bed wetting and digestive problems. It has helped with asthma, allergies and breathing difficulties – as well as colic and irritable baby syndrome. Chiropractic improves spinal posture.

And the most important benefit is the hardest to measure: correcting subluxation allows for proper growth and development, preventing the onset of problems often seen later in adults.

Dr. Lonsdale adjusting a child.

Dr. Lonsdale adjusting a child.


As parents, we want our children to be happy, healthy and reach their fullest potential. As you face decisions about your child’s healthcare and are confronted with the issues of antibiotics, vaccinations, and the growing use of behaviour altering drugs, consult with your chiropractor. Seek accurate information and make an informed choice.

Traditional symptom-treating is expensive and unattractive. More and more families include a chiropractor on their health team and benefit from the safe and natural approach to better health.

Why not schedule an appointment for your child or grandchild today at Kerikeri Road Chiropractic?