By Dr Masoud Shamaeizadeh
When our first child was born, it was the biggest joy of our life! As first time parents my wife and I were very careful with every move we made while handling our baby girl. When she was only a few weeks old, we noticed that every time my wife breastfed the baby on the left side the baby would cry and refuse to eat. She would only eat while lying on her right side. We took the baby to the pediatrician MD, but he and his staff said it was normal and we shouldn't worry about it; when the problem got worse we hired a breastfeeding specialist from La Leche League.
The specialist showed us how to keep the baby in the same position on both breasts, then we noticed the problem got worse when we laid the baby on her left side. Finally we decided to take our baby girl to a pediatric chiropractor.
Upon examining the baby the chiropractor found that the baby's left shoulder was out of alignment. He explained to us that this very common problem in newborns is called shoulder dystocia.
After a gentle adjustment on the baby's shoulder and neck the baby made a sound of relief and fell asleep with a smile on her face.
I am a chiropractor, but I failed to recognize the problem because I was listening to sources that were not dealing with the cause of my daughter's problem; they were just giving us band-aid solutions.
When we had our second baby, we didn't wait to see any symptoms of misalignment, we just took him to the chiropractor three days after he arrived to us. So please learn from my mistake and take your newborn to chiropractor to be checked.
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