In the September 24, 2012 issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family
Health Chiropractic comes a documented case study of chiropractic helping a a
baby girl with chronic otitis media, difficulty sleeping, irritability, and skin sensitivities to clothes or being held and touched.
Otitis Media is the technical name for what most people refer to as an ear ache. The
study notes that it has become the most common infection in children that are sick as well as the number one reason antibiotics being prescribed to children. The study author also reports that roughly 25% of all infants have sleeping difficulties. Skin sensitivities also known as tactile hypersensitivity, is where the child exhibits excessive reaction or irritability to touch or clothing.
In this case a 2 year old girl was brought to the chiropractor by her mother with
the complaints of chronic ear infections, difficulty sleeping, irritability, and skin sensitivities to either clothes or being held or touched. The history showed that her mother had labor induced a week early, and the birth was traumatic causing the child to be born with a broken collar bone.
The study reported that at the age of 2, the child was taking at least two hours to
get to sleep and would not sleep for more than four hours at a time. Additionally, the girl has experienced over 20 ear infections, severe allergies requiring a nebulizer, severe behavior problems including temper tantrums and irritability. The girl had been given multiple rounds of antibiotics by her MD with little or no result. She would also have temper tantrums and exhibit aggressive behavior toward her sister and mother.
A chiropractic examination was performed resulting in the determination that
subluxations were present in the girl's upper neck and upper mid back areas.
Specific chiropractic adjustments were initiated for the correction of the subluxations as determined by the exam.
The results documented in this study showed an immediate and positive response by the girl to the chiropractic care. After her first adjustment her mother stated that her daughter was a little less aggressive towards her sister. After the third adjustment her mother reported that the girl was able to sleep through the
After two months of care it was noted that the girl who previously did not like to be
hugged was coming into the chiropractors office and "hugging everyone". Her
mother also reported that there was no longer an issue with clothes with the minor exception of socks. After 4 months of care the girl was no longer suffering from ear infections.
Children who are typical or with special needs, like autism can benefit from chiropractic care. We see in this case study that the extreme sensitivity to touch and behavior challenges had a tremendous positive response to chiropractic. This is very common for children on the spectrum.