Cindy was not eating.
She was not happy.
She was not sleeping.
She hated her feeding tube.
Cindy was 9 months old.
Medically, Cindy was failing to thrive. Failure to thrive refers to children whose current weight or rate of growth is much lower than that of other children of similar age and gender.
Since birth, she had a hard time feeding. She wouldn’t take to the breast, nor would she take any formula from a bottle. They had to resort to a feeding tube because she seemed unable to swallow or even keep any food down. She threw up several times per day. She was on medication to try to keep her from throwing up, and was labeled as suffering from colic as well.
When we met her at 9 months of age, she hadn’t gained weight for 3 months. She had the weight of a 6 month old. This is not OK. Her parents were at their ‘wits end.’
When I examined Cindy, I found her to be overly relaxed – almost unable to maintain postural control of her head and upper body. This is high unusual for a 9 month old. I found two subluxations in her spine – the ones numbered C1 and T4.
C1, also called the atlas, is the main power switch in the body, located at the base of the skull. This area is the one most often damaged during the birth process, especially if forceps or vacuum extractors are used. I was told that Cindy had a ‘normal’ vaginal delivery.
We decided to adjust her atlas using a pediatric toggle headpiece, a special device developed for quickly and accurately correcting the upper cervical region of an infant. There was no distinct sound, nor a reaction from her first adjustment. In fact, little Cindy seemed completely indifferent.
I checked her spine every day for one week, and she held her adjustment all week – not needing another adjustment in that time. This is good.
At home, Cindy started to eat. She seemed to keep more of her food down, her parents said. After one week of care, and after months of not gaining weight, Cindy went to the pediatrician for her weekly checkup. Little Cindy had gained 1 pound and 2 ounces in one week!
Within one month Cindy gained enough weight to be considered ‘average.’ Her parents were so happy.
We continued to check and adjust Cindy on a wellness basis for another year until the family moved away. In that time Cindy hit every normal developmental milestone, which her parents attributed to her chiropractic care.
In fact, Cindy’s grandfather was so happy that his precious granddaughter returned to life and health, that he gifted me with something to help me take care of as many babies as we can – he built two custom-made chiropractic kids tables.
These tables make kids happy and comfortable in our office every day since, and will continue to bless the lives of many more in the decades to come! These are the two tables pictured in the image you see – wonderful!