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Chi­ro­prac­tic Helps Infant with Seri­ous Lung Con­di­tion

A case study pub­lished in the Feb­ru­ary 19, 2008 issue of the sci­en­tific peri­od­i­cal, the Jour­nal of Ver­te­bral Sub­lux­a­tion Research (JVSR), doc­u­ments a case of an infant with bron­chopul­monary dys­pla­sia being helped with chi­ro­prac­tic. Bron­chopul­monary dys­pla­sia, (BPD), is a seri­ous lung con­di­tion that affects infants who are born pre­ma­ture and have result­ing breath­ing and lung problems.

The usual course of med­ical care for infants with BPD is con­tin­ual admin­is­tra­tion of oxy­gen for the first 28 days in an inten­sive care unit. The National Insti­tutes of Health esti­mate that the aver­age length of inten­sive in-​hospital care for babies with BPD is 120 days. In most cases after the child leaves the hos­pi­tal, the infant will be placed on antibi­otics and will need ongo­ing breath­ing treat­ments, and inter­mit­tent oxygen.

In this case a female infant was born pre­ma­ture at 24 weeks ges­ta­tion, weighed only 593 grams and was diag­nosed with BPD. As a result of the pre­ma­ture birth she had surgery for retinopa­thy, sev­eral rounds of antibi­otics, and a feed­ing tube for three months. After 17 weeks in the hos­pi­tal she was dis­charged. Her med­ical care con­tin­ues and con­sisted of nightly require­ments of 1/​8-​liter of oxy­gen, a ven­ti­la­tion machine and con­tin­u­a­tion of antibiotics.

Three months after her release from the hos­pi­tal she was brought to a chi­ro­prac­tor for an analy­sis. At that time she weighed twelve pounds, and it was observed that she was list­less, con­sti­pated, col­icky, with pasty skin and sinus con­ges­tion. Addi­tion­ally it was noted that her breath­ing was short and rapid, her limbs were rather flac­cid and she did not make eye con­tact. She had also recently com­pleted her last round of antibiotics.

Chi­ro­prac­tic care given was spe­cific adjust­ments ini­tially twice dai­ly­morn­ing and after­noon for two weeks, then three times per week for two weeks; reduc­ing to twice a week for one week, then once a week and even­tu­ally once every two weeks. The case report noted that after the ini­tial adjust­ment, her mother reported when her baby was placed on her back, she used her abdomen more to hold her legs up; she was not col­icky and was able to pass gas eas­ily for the first time. After the sec­ond visit, her sinuses drained and con­ges­tion resolved. After the third adjust­ment, the baby made a loud noise and was draw­ing in more air.

As care con­tin­ued other improve­ments noted included, the abil­ity to hold her head up with more con­trol, and improved facial color and sym­me­try. Addi­tion­ally, her bowel move­ments improved and she became ver­bally louder and more alert. After her 14th chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ment, the baby girl was breath­ing fully on her own with no signs of cyanosis There was no med­ical inter­ven­tion dur­ing her chi­ro­prac­tic care.

After 24 vis­its this baby’s life had been changed as she was then able to roll over on her own, was asymp­to­matic and has not needed to be read­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal nor admin­is­tered antibiotics.

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From Colum­bia South Car­olina, comes a March 21, 2004 report on the web­site of tele­vi­sion news sta­tion WIS that high­lights the increased usage

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