Introduction: The following case report discusses an infant diagnosed with Down syndrome (DS) trisomy 21 and the observed benefits she received by including chiropractic adjustments and cranial sacral therapy in her health care plan.
Case Presentation: A female infant presented to Kentuckiana Children's Center (KCC) with maternal concerns of failure to gain weight and thrive, as well as dysfunctional breastfeeding. The child's treatment plan at KCC consisted of full-spine chiropractic adjustments, cranial-sacral therapy, and Kinesiotaping. The infant also received physical therapy at an outpatient facility other than KCC, as well as being supplemented with additional colostrums.
Intervention and Outcomes: After one year of care, the child had achieved her developmental milestones on the higher range of predicted normal for Down syndrome (DS) infants. Her height and weight were consistently around the 50th percentile for infants with DS.
Conclusion: The combined approach of chiropractic and cranio-sacral therapy may have contributed to the overall improvement in health and developmental maturation of this infant at the end of her first year, although it is difficult to draw conclusions based on one case, where multiple treatments were utilized. Further research is warranted to determine the effectiveness of the inclusion of chiropractic care in the health care team of an infant diagnosed with DS, and also differentiate the effects of chiropractic care without the influence of multiple interventions.
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