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Newborn Health 

 May 13, 2010

By  Dr. John Vilkelis

The birth process, even under natural and controlled conditions, is potentially traumatic. During a natural birth, newborns frequently suffer subluxations as they are pulled, twisted, and compressed. Damage may be more severe in a difficult delivery. During the pushing stage of labor, the spine, particularly the neck, may be injured as the baby is compressed and pushed down the birth canal. As the baby is compressed, the small bones in the spine may be pushed out of their natural alignment. This causes the nerves to become stretched or twisted causing a neurological disturbance. This neurological disturbance is called a subluxation, and it may result in the failure of one or more parts of the body, as well as health in general. Subluxations can also foster the onset of sickness and disease as the body weakens.

Are subluxations serious?

A subluxation causes nerve dysfunction which in turn causes a problem out in the body. All body functions are controlled by the brain sending and receiving messages over nerves. The Doctor of Chiropractic specializes in the detection and correction of subluxations. Instead of treating the symptoms of the disease, the chiropractor corrects the subluxation so that normal body functions may take place.

Why check babies for subluxations?

Complications of uncorrected subluxations may be serious, resulting in respiratory depression, and in some cases SIDS. Infants and newborns who survive and are properly diagnosed for subluxations have a better chance of having the neurological defects ultimately eliminated. Although birth subluxations may cause immediate symptoms, there may be far-reaching effects that are manifested for years. The child’s ability to fight against disease, for example, may be lowered. Colds, ear infections, colic, asthma, allergies and other illnesses may result.

Subluxations may also interfere with internal organ function, resulting in the inability to produce chemicals responsible for raising and lowering body temperature as needed. This means the body’s immune response in the production of anti-viral and antibacterial agents to fight infection is greatly compromised due to subluxations.

When should your Infant be checked for subluxations?

Newborn infants should be checked within hours after birth. Subluxations are a serious threat to your newborn’s health. Your child should be checked frequently by a chiropractor to ensure the best opportunity to grow and develop normally.

Chiropractic is safe and natural.

The chiropractic approach to health care is natural. It does not try to stimulate or inhibit normal body function. Instead, the chiropractor addresses the important relationship between the nervous system and disease. Various symptoms, such as colic, respiratory distress, fever, earaches, and a lowered resistance may be manifested in the young child due to abnormal body function caused by subluxations.” In light of this, your chiropractor may be the best doctor to help your child improve his/her health.

Dr. John Vilkelis


Dr. Vilkelis has been in private practice for over 27 years. He has a reputation for truly caring for his patients and goes the extra mile to make sure people get the help they need. He accepts patients of all ages and is eager to help you get well and stay healthy. Give him a call today at (914) 618-4330.

Dr. John G. Vilkelis

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