Welcome to April! This month in the office we are focusing on some of our smallest patients; babies! Our doctors have specific training in chiropractic care for infants and children, and to be honest we just love seeing little ones in the office! Did you know that 90% of babies have spinal misalignments due to the birthing process? This is why we encourage getting babies checked here in the office, to ensure their nervous system is working at its highest potential! Our doctors are concerned with the nervous system function of babies and children in the office, but they are also focusing on when the child meets essential milestones. It is critical that baby is meeting important infant milestones, on schedule, to ensure proper brain and motor development. If you’re wondering what these milestones are, and at what age they should be reached, then please read on!

0-3 Months

  • Lifts & holds head up while on tummy
  • Reaches for toy above them
  • Makes eye contact
  • Turns head towards sounds
  • Latches well onto both nipples or bottle
  • Sucks and swallows well

4-6 Months

  • Rolls back to tummy & tummy to back
  • Uses hands to support self while sitting
  • Uses both hands to play with toys
  • Brings objects to mouth
  • Begins to babble “da, da, da”
  • Listens and responds when spoken to

7-9 Months

  • Sits without support
  • Uses opposite arm/leg to attempt crawling
  • Rocks forward and back on knees/arms, bounces
  • Does simple gestures (shaking head no, etc)
  • Recognizes their own name & some words
  • Can follow simple commands
  • Holds & drinks from a bottle themselves
  • Able to eat pureed foods

10-12 Months

  • Pulls to standing & cruises around furniture
  • Stands alone & can take some independent steps
  • Finger feeds themselves
  • Shows interest in & ability eating soft foods
  • Can say “mama” or “dada” with meaning
  • Responds to “no” & other simple directions

 

If you are concerned with milestones for your child, or you said “no” to two or more answers in a section, make sure to have your baby’s spine checked. If you have any questions about a spinal evaluation, please feel free to give us a call at the office!

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