Can chiropractic care be beneficial for babies?

By Haley Hernandez - Health Reporter

HOUSTON - It's a practice that is gaining momentum in certain parenting circles: taking your baby to a chiropractor.

Some moms swear a chiropractor can cure things from colic to ear infections.

Houston chiropractor Gregory Johnson prides himself on infant adjustments. He claims his youngest patient was his own son at 45 minutes old. Many may find this cringe worthy, but he said it's a gentle touch.

"The birth process in and of itself is the most traumatic experience we as human beings will ever go through," he said. "So many times those babies get twisted, out of line, and pinched on the nerves, and then they start developing ear infections and colic."

"It was pretty impressive to watch, but yeah, it worked," Kristen Andrew said.

Andrew claims her son was free from chronic ear infections after his adjustments.

Mom Tara Raus admitted she was nervous the first time.

"You know, you think of newborns as fragile and you've got to protect them all the time and they're not as fragile as people think they are," Raus said.

Her initial skepticism wasn't entirely off the mark.

In 2013, an investigation in Australia by the Sydney Morning Herald revealed "a baby's neck has been broken by a chiropractor ... the injury was reported to the Chiropractic Board of Australia, which closed the case without reporting it to the public and allowed the chiropractor to keep (practicing)."

According to later reports, that child survived.

"Just the inexperience or not being proficient at treating babies could be a risky factor," Johnson said.

His suggestion is to use chiropractic care in conjunction with your medical doctor.

According to the National Institutes of Health and the New Zealand Medical Journal, there's no evidence pediatric chiropractic care is beneficial.

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