11 Signs Your Child Should See A Pediatric Chiropractor | New Canaan & Darien Moms

Did you know that chiropractic care isn’t just for adults with back pain? The benefits of chiropractic care extend beyond pain relief! Chiropractic care is actually focused on the health of your nervous system!

Physical, chemical, and emotional stressors can all contribute to stress on the nervous system. This stress can cause nervous system interference, which essentially means that the brain and body can no longer communicate effectively. This can contribute to a variety of common symptoms, including the ones in the list below. 

While most chiropractors have experience caring for children, chiropractors trained by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) are dedicated to continuing to learn how to better serve both the pediatric and perinatal populations. 

Dr. Annamarie Nardini, from The Homestead Family Chiropractic & Wellness, has completed extensive additional training through the ICPA and is here to share 11 signs that your child could benefit from pediatric chiropractic care.

  1. Trauma During Birth
    The birth process can be very traumatic for a baby, whether its vaginal or a c-section! Considerable amounts of force are placed upon the child’s head, neck, and spine, especially if there were complications, such as dystocia, or interventions, such as the use of forceps/vacuum.
  2. Developmental Delays
    Developmental delays can include delayed milestones, such as skipped crawling, delayed walking, and delayed talking. Milestones reflect how the nervous system is developing.
  3. Behavioral Issues
    ADHD, an inability to stay focused, and difficulty in school are often related to the function of the nervous system. The nervous system is what allows a child to process, interact with, and respond to their environment.
  4. Frequent Illnesses
    Some of the most common illnesses children experience include ear infections, colds, allergies, and asthma. The immune system is highly intertwined with the nervous system!
  5. Digestive Complaints
    Common digestive complaints seen in children can include colic, reflux, constipation, gas, and bloating. These are often a cause of irritability in children and frustration for parents. The nervous system controls the intestines and other organs, which are essential for proper digestion, absorption of nutrients, and elimination.
  6. Sleep disturbances
    Sleep disturbances can include bed wetting, night terrors, and insomnia. Proper sleep is essential for growth, memory formation, and recovery.
  7. Physical injury
    Children experience slips, falls, and sports injuries. Proper biomechanics and muscle balance are important for avoiding and recovering from physical injury.
  8. Torticollis
    Torticollis is a condition in which the sternocleidomastoid muscle (located in the neck), is in spasm. This can cause a painful head tilt and difficulty turning the head.
  9. Postural Abnormalities
    Many children have postural abnormalities, including forward head, rounded shoulders, uneven shoulders, and head tilts as a result of lack of movement and too much time spent on screens. These imbalances can contribute to future pain, decreased mobility, and increased chance of injury.
  10. Breastfeeding Difficulties
    Breastfeeding a complex task for a baby, requiring coordination of a variety of muscles. Both structural misalignments and nervous system interference, often from the birth process, can lead to difficulties with the latching and sucking mechanisms.
  11. Overall Wellness
    Pediatric chiropractic care is a great way to achieve overall wellness by supporting nervous system health, improving performance, and helping to prevent future pain and injury! Even if your child doesn’t have a noticeable symptom or complaint, they can benefit from chiropractic care!


All of these signs/symptoms are indications of potential nervous system interference and/or misalignment of the spine. When the brain and body can communicate more effectively, with the help of pediatric chiropractic care, many of these symptoms may improve or resolve.

At The Homestead Family Chiropractic & Wellness, in Darien CT, both Dr. Matthew Nardini and Dr. Annamarie Nardini love to work with children! Drs. Nardini are trained in safely and effectively caring for children of all ages from newborns to teenagers. 

Pediatric chiropractic care can start as early as the day a baby is born! With infants and children, the amount of pressure used to complete a chiropractic adjustment is gentle—the same as checking an avocado for ripeness! 

Both doctors are certified in the Activator Methods technique, which uses a handheld instrument to deliver a gentle, safe, and specific chiropractic adjustment that does not involve popping, twisting, or cracking. 

Dr. Anna is also certified in the Webster Technique, which is used with pregnant moms to restore neuro-biomechanical function of the pelvis. This allows the pelvis to have more room and be better prepared for labor. 

Through the chiropractic adjustment and nutrition/lifestyle advice, Drs. Matt and Anna hope to help you and your family improve the function of your nervous systems, reclaim your health, and show up better in your daily lives!

The Homestead Family Chiropractic & Wellness is located at 433 Boston Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820.

To learn more or to schedule, visit www.thehomesteadchiropractic.com, email [email protected], and follow @thehomesteadchiro on Instagram.

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