To Your Health
January, 2010 (Vol. 04, Issue 01)
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If your children aren't already receiving regular chiropractic care, talk to your doctor about getting them into the office for an initial visit.

If your chiropractor doesn't specialize in treating children, particularly very young children, and doesn't know someone who does, you can find a pediatric chiropractor in your neighborhood by visiting or

Common Pediatric Conditions That Respond Well to Chiropractic Care


  • Colic/irritability
  • Poor sleep
  • Nursing problems
  • Reflux/spitting up
  • Constipation
  • Asymmetrical head shape
  • Torticollis/head tilt
  • Sutural ridging
  • Sleep apnea or snoring
  • Asymmetrical crawl or gait

Toddler and Preschool-Age Child:

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  • Chronic upper respiratory infections
  • Asthma
  • Growing pains/foot or leg cramping
  • Bed-wetting
  • Incontinence (bowel or bladder)
  • Pervasive developmental disorders*
    *including autism, sensory integration disorder, ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities

School-Age Child and Adolescent:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Scoliosis
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Extremity injuries (chronic ankle sprains, knee pain, shoulder pain, etc.)
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic upper respiratory illness

Elise Hewitt, DC, CST, DICCP, is board-certified in chiropractic pediatrics and serves as president of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics. She practices in Portland, Ore., and is a well-recognized resource for information regarding chiropractic care of children.