We as parents have a responsibility to provide a good foundation for health, happiness, and over-all quality of life for our children. We send them to schools, religious camps, military academy's, colleges and other programs to educate them and provide them with these fundamental ideas for their future. Where we sometimes fail is the education of good health practices for the prevention of disease or just a healthier, happier, more active life.
Chiropractic care for children offers a solid foundation for good practices in health and wellness. Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, the chiropractic lifestyle offers choices and benefits for your greater health and well-being and the fundamental ideas that will be practiced throughout life for health, nutrition, and body maintenance.
When to go:
Most experts recommend that you take your child to his first chiropractic appointment within the first year. If, however, your toddler is exhibiting signs of discomfort--you'll probably want to take him to the chiropractor sooner rather than later.
Whom to choose:
When it comes to picking a first chiropractor, many people take their tot to Mom and Dad's chiropractor - and this is often a good choice, particularly if your chiropractor has experience with young children. Someone who has experience in caring for children is more prepared to deal with any squirming or acting out that sometimes happens with children, and he'll have a waiting room filled with distractions such as kids books and toys.
What will happen:
Expect the first chiropractor appointment to be short and informal - more of a meet and greet for your child and the chiropractor. Depending on your child's age and comfort level, you may be asked to hold him while the chiropractor does a short exam. Or you may be asked to hang back in the waiting room so your toddler can have some quality time to get to know the chiropractor and staff on his own.
How often to visit:
Based on how your toddler's exam, your chiropractor will let you know when to make the next visit. Most experts recommend that toddlers see the chiropractor about every six months - as long as there are no major problems. So don't forget to schedule your child's second appointment on your way out the door!