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Updated: 4/11/2007 5:45 pm
As a parent, it's essential that you make the best healthcare choices for your child, and that choice may include chiropractic care. Recent studies have shown that the number of children who visit a chiropractor regularly is increasing. It's important to remember that a chiropractor isn't a medical doctor and should never be a substitute for a pediatrician. If you do feel that your child needs to see a chiropractor in addition to a pediatrician, try to find one who is a member of a chiropractic pediatric organization, or someone who has training in pediatric chiropractic care. Also, use your best judgment with your child's illnesses. Most chiropractors will direct you to a medical doctor if your child develops a condition outside the scope of their expertise, but some may not. If your child has a fever, rash, headache, or abdominal pain, take him or her to a medical doctor or the emergency room. Also, ask yourself if your child really requires chiropractic care. Young, healthy children who aren't suffering from chronic pain probably don't need to see a chiropractor. In general, it's not recommended that infants receive chiropractic care. Also, make sure your child receives regular well-checkups from a pediatrician. If you're uncomfortable with a chiropractor's diagnosis or treatment, or your child is experiencing more pain or strange symptoms, see a medical doctor immediately.
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