When my son became mobile I was so excited and proud, but also nervous and a little sad. Sad because my baby seemed to grow in the blink of an eye and it was only just beginning. Nervous because of all the “dangers” I was now just noticing (table corners, picture frames on low shelves, etc.). And, of course, excited and proud that he was becoming a toddler and his skill set was growing.
As I watched him go from an army crawl, to a full crawl and then to pulling up on EVERYTHING and then walking along everything, it was amazing to see his mind and body figure it out. Of course part of figuring it out is trial and error. It involves lots of bumps, usually bumps on the butt. The diaper adds some padding but that force is going over and over again into his little body. Children don’t feel pain the same way that adults do. Their pain receptors aren’t fully developed, so they can still have pain but not quite like we do. The nervous system stress and damage is still present from these repetitive injuries and it shows up in other ways – decreased immune system so they get sick easily and regularly, constipation, reflux, dragging a leg when crawling, not using both arms, etc.
We are now at the stage where he is just about to take his first steps without assistance. I am again excited and nervous. He stands up all on his own and squeals with excitement, then looks for mom and dad and hasn’t been ready to move those feet yet so he will drop down and crawl to us with a big smile. I know it will be any day now. Just the other day it was up and down, fall on the knees, pull up and drop on the butt….and I remember thinking, I am so glad he gets adjusted! I am so glad I am controlling what I can and making sure these small falls (over and over again) don’t end up being a big issue. I am glad that he has gone 14 months, his whole life at this point, without an infection and need for medicine. I am glad when he has gotten a fever or is throwing up that his body knows how to heal and recover and within 48 hours he is back to his crazy self.
Some people may think, while of course he gets adjusted and it is much easier because you can just do it because you are a chiropractor. Do you know anyone who has a contractor spouse? Ask them how many of their house projects get done. Do you know someone who is a massage therapist? Ask their spouse how often they are treated. So yes, technically, because I can do the physical act of the adjustment that part is easier but I still put him on my schedule to make sure I don’t get busy and forget, I still adjust him in my office vs. home, so that I am in the right mind set with the correct equipment to do the best job. Just like any parent I take the time to make it a priority because it is important.
Kids change and grow and it happens in the blink of an eye. Start early, get care often (monthly at minimum, but discuss what is best with your doctor) and enjoy the growth and new stages!
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