Objective: To describe the positive health outcomes following chiropractic care in an infant suffering from Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD).
Clinical Features: A seven-month-old female was suffering with unresolved acid reflux for two months. Over the counter simethicone as well as pediatrician prescribed Pepcid and Zantac were ineffective at resolving the gastric reflux. The infant was unable to sleep through the night due to the pain and discomfort of the condition.
Intervention and Outcome: The infant was managed with chiropractic care using sustained contact with finger-tip pressure appropriate for the infant’s age or a hand help adjusting instrument. These adjustments were performed for a total of seven visits over seven weeks. Her signs and symptoms were markedly improved and her GERD was resolved. The child was reactive, pleasant and reported to be sleeping well.
Conclusion: This case study supports previous information that chiropractic management may be an option for infants suffering with GERD. More research and documentation of similar cases is suggested.
Author Keywords: Subluxation, reflux, GERD, infant, chiropractic, adjustment
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