The Chiro Kids: Some Moms Swear by It, but Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Babies?
Inside Edition investigates the practice of adjusting the spines and necks of newborns.
In a growing trend, some parents are having their children — including infants — receive weekly treatments by pediatric chiropractors.
Some of the children are so young that they haven’t even learned how to walk.
Husband-and-wife chiropractic team, Drs. Stuart and Theresa Warner, specialize in adjustments for children in New Jersey.
“It's very beneficial to adjust them in our opinion," Dr. Theresa Warner said. "Yes, it's very necessary. We would love to see all babies adjusted."
The Warners, like many chiropractors, believe the adjustments can help alleviate colic, asthma, fever and ear infections. When asked if that was scientifically proven, Dr. Stuart Warner responded: “Absolutely. It’s proven in the patients... When we remove the nerve interference by adjusting the child's spine, it allows them to overcome all those illnesses."
Many parents swear by the treatments. One mother told Inside Edition her son had suffered four ear infections by the time he was seven months old and, “didn’t want to do antibiotics anymore.” She was recommended to Dr. Warner and says her son has not had any ear infections since starting treatment.
Another mother told Inside Edition, “There's nothing to be afraid of. It’s done wonders for my family.”
But Yale University neurologist Dr. Steven Novella says there's no scientific evidence that chiropractic care is good for kids.
"The best evidence shows that these treatments do not work," he told Inside Edition. "The idea of a tiny baby needing to have their back realigned is just pure nonsense. This is just subjecting children to an unpleasant procedure without any evidence or benefit or even an assurance that it is reasonably safe. This is completely unethical in my opinion."
The Warners stand by their treatment and say skeptics like Dr. Novella should speak to, “all of the moms and dads who have had chiropractic care for their children change their lives. The proof is really in the results,” said Dr. Teresa Warner.
Although rare, there have been cases where children have been seriously hurt after spinal manipulation.
The American Chiropractic Association supports the use of chiropractic care for children, but the American Academy of Pediatrics told Inside Edition they do not have an official stance on chiropractic care for kids.
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