Children and Infants

Children and Infants

Treatment of 11 common ailments

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care helps benefit infants, children, and adolescents each and everyday.  It has become a safe and effective health plan that the entire family can benefit from.

In addition to providing relief from back pain, scoliosis, headaches and other spinal abnormalities, Dr. Kaput can also provide relief for many common ailments.  These ailments range from ear infections to asthma, and the all too common headaches.

Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to health, and rather than just treat the symptoms, chiropractic addresses the root cause of health conditions.  Dr. Kaput combines spinal adjustments, exercise and stretching programs, diet and nutrition, massage therapy, and other holistic pathways.  Schedule your consultation today with Dr. Kaput to provide your infant, child or adolescent with a lifetime of health and well being.

Spinal Trauma

 The actual birth of the baby can be very traumatic.  The birthing process causes the baby to be squeezed through the birth canal, which is significantly smaller than the baby.  The delivery process is meant to provide as little discomfort as possible to the mother and baby and thus abnormally excessive and unnatural forces are typically employed.  As the months and years pass by, the spine grows and develops rapidly and is met with the child becoming more and more active, which causes more trauma and issue to the spine that was already present since birth.  This can result in serious injury to the baby that may not be readily noticeable.  Dr. Kaput can assess the baby’s spine for any injuries that may have occurred during the birthing process.

Where is this leading?

From the time of birth through childhood and adolescence, the spine falls victim to different traumas and stress injuries.  Dr. Kaput highly recommends chiropractic care for infants and children mainly because this is when their body is developing the most frequently and rapidly.  With less stress inhibiting correct growth and spinal development, the child will be able to develop correctly and have a lifetime of health and happiness.

Has your child's spine been checked?

Dr. Kaput believes it is important for every child to have their spine checked for abnormalities and injuries. He encourages parents to schedule a consultation to talk about the benefits and walk them through treatment plans that can help make children’s health the best it can be.

Treatment of Common Ailments

Scoliosis in the Child

Definition

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that occurs in a sideways position.  There are three common types of Scoliosis:

  • Infantile
    • Occurs during the first 3 years of life and is more common to occur in males. It is likely to resolve on its own and is rare in North America.
  • Juvenile
    • This type ranges from 3-10 years and can progress into severity. Continued monitoring occurs through adolescence due to the increased progression of severity which can lead to spinal deformities and cardiovascular problems.
  • Adolescent
    • Detected in those who have reached puberty but have not reached adulthood. This is the most common type and the cause is unknown. The spine should be continually monitored to prevent future health problems.

Diagnosis

The abnormal curvature of the spine may not be easily visible to the naked eye.  Dr. Kaput suggests taking a look to see how the clothes hang on the shoulders of the child and possible  uneven shoulders.  Listening to your child complain of back pain, discomfort, or fatigue is also a possible indication.  Usually at the point of pain, the child has already had chronic irritation on their spine.

Complications

Once spinal maturity is reached, many cases of scoliosis in children and adolescents stops progressing.  However, it is not uncommon for the curvature to continue to progress past spinal maturity.  If this occurs, cardiovascular problems and spinal deformities can occur.  Regular spinal check-ups with Dr. Kaput can help keep these progressions in check and possibly eliminate them.

Treatment

Scoliosis treatment in the child consists of:

  • Chiropractic adjustments to minimize spinal stresses, optimize biomechanics and keep the nervous system functioning properly.
  • Monitoring the curvature for progressions.
  • Soft tissue and physical therapies to help relief pain.
  • Therapeutic spinal exercises and stretches to strengthen spinal muscles and keep muscle flexibility.

Dr. Kaput’s goal is to monitor for progressions and prevent them as well as to help to eliminate pain and discomfort for your child.

Asthma

Asthma is a very common and potentially fatal health condition that affects millions of children under the age of 18.  Asthmatics frequently experience wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.  Asthma attacks vary from person to person and involve a combination of factors including:

  • Edema of airway mucosa
  • Increased mucus secretion
  • Injury to airway surface
  • Spasm of airway muscles

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a disorder more common in young male children and is characterized by developmentally inappropriate inattention, restlessness, and impulsivity - with or without hyperactivity.  Many children are unintentionally diagnosed with ADHD mainly because of their hyperactivity and as a result are placed on Ritalin to help control the hyperactivity in the child. While Ritalin may help contain hyperactivity, it has many common side effects including:

    • Appetite suppression
    • Depression and sadness
    • Elevated blood pressure
    • Headache
    • Reduction of growth
    • Sleep disturbances
    • Stomachache

Back Pain

Children and adolescents that partake in sports tend to experience a higher incidence of back problems caused by the excessive spinal stresses.  Dr. Kaput have obtained excellent results from treating back pain in both children and adolescents.  Like adults, chiropractic care in children and adolescents focuses on treating the root cause of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms.  Chiropractic care for back pain is safe, natural, and effective for children and adolescents, so parents can rest easy knowing they are doing the best for their child’s spinal health.

Headache

Headaches are a common occurrence in children and adolescents.  Chiropractic care can help treat headaches and make them less frequent, allowing children and adolescents to go back to their lives.

Heel Pain

Heel pain in a child is commonly caused by a condition known as, "Severs Disease." This health condition is caused by the chronic strain of the achilles tendon attachment to the heel bone. Typically it happens to children between the ages of 8-13, with their primary complaint being pain in their heel. Kaput focuses are correcting any biomechanical conditions, employing therapeutic stretches and exercise, and manipulating extremities and spinals joints.

Infantile Colic

Infantile colic is a very common and frustrating condition that affects infants.  Colic involves very persistent and violent crying for no known reason and is often accompanied by flatulence.  Typically, it occurs within the 1st month postpartum and will unexpectedly self-resolve when the baby reaches 3-4 months.  Chiropractic care can help to treat colic and make it less bothersome to both baby and parents.

Knee Pain

Knee pain is commonly caused by one of two conditions in children and adolescents: "Osgood-Schlatter Disease" and "Chondromalacia Patella".

  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
      • Affected age 9-15 years.
      • Tenderness and swelling occurs below the knee.
    • Knee cap tendon pulls away from the bony attachment on the tibia.
    • Treatment includes manual therapies and therapeutic quad stretching and exercises.
  • Chondromalacia patella
    • Common in adolescent females and young adults.
    • The underside of the knee cap starts to roughen and becomes painful.
    • Knee pain is deep and is aggravated by climbing, descending stairs, or sitting with the knee flexed for long periods of time.
    • Condition can worsen if treatment is not sought.
    • Treatment includes focusing on correcting any biomechanical stresses in the spine, knee, hip, and foot.

Ear Infections

Otitis media is the medical condition known more commonly as an ear infection. It is an infection of the middle ear, and is usually an addition to an upper respiratory infection. While ear infections can occur at any age, they are more prevalent during the ages of 3 months to 3 years.  The most notable symptom is severe and persistent ear pain.  Accompanying symptoms can include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea.  More severe symptoms that should have immediate medical attention include sudden hearing loss, dizziness, chills, high fever, and headaches.  The common treatment practiced in the medical approach is to treat with antibiotics, however, many antibiotics are becoming increasingly ineffective.

Middle ear drainage can be prevented by muscular spasms and neurological compromise that are caused by misalignments and fixations in the cervical region of the spine. When the middle ear is not able to drain properly, bacteria can collect and multiply and thus cause many acute and eventually chronic middle ear infections. Dr. Kaput can treat the cervical spine and help to correct any misalignments and thus allow the middle ear to drain causing fewer and less frequent ear infection in children.

Scheuermann's Disease

Scheuermann's disease is a spinal condition which causes persistent low-grade back pain, accentuated thoracic kyphosis (increase in mid back prominence), and a "rounded shoulder" posture. It is more often seen in adolescent males.  There is injury to the surfaces of the spinal vertebrae and this results in a number of wedge shaped, mid back vertebrae.  Regular chiropractic care can help alleviate pain and discomfort as well as optimize the spine to help prevent the development of osteoarthritis later in life.

Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is when a spinal vertebrae has slipped forward relative to other vertebrae. It is almost always occurs in the lower back.  While this spinal condition does not usually carry any symptoms, it is important for parents to be aware if their child has this condition in order to avoid sports that cause axial loading on the spine including weight lifting and football.  The reason behind this is to prevent slippage of the vertebrae during rapid childhood and adolescent skeletal growth.  X-rays can help determine if this condition is present in your child and can reveal the extent of the slippage.