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Old 02-11-2013, 10:24 AM   #1
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My 8 week old DD is super fussy. I've already eliminated dairy and caffeine, but she will cry off and on from 10 pm until 2 am. Since I work full time, I am only sleeping 3-4 hours a night, interrupted.

I've decided to take her to a chiropractor and have her booked next Thursday. I had a lengthy conversation with the chiro (both doctors at the office often see infants) and hope that this is what she needs.

Can you tell me about your experience if you started this young with your kids? Did your insurance cover it (ours won't, I'm told, but the office is going to call to see if they can work something out)? If your insurance didn't cover it, how much did you pay? I was told I would be charged $110 (yikes) but we're going to give it a go.

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Both my kids go to the chiro. Its $35 each time we go. Insurance doesn't cover any. My chiro is very good and gentle with the kids. They love going.
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Both my kids go to the chiro. Its $35 each time we go. Insurance doesn't cover any. My chiro is very good and gentle with the kids. They love going.
How old are your kids? It seems like I'm paying far too much per visit then!
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I took our middle child at about 7 days of age, Give or take a day. I had never seen an adjustment so was shocked when the dr. Did the adjustment. If I hadn't seen results I don't think I would have gone back. I did, however, see immediate results. I had taken him because I couldn't get him to nurse or even take more than an ounce or two at a time even with a syringe. He would cry at first. Then after a few days he stopped crying and I couldn't wake him up. I was firmly convinced we were going to leave the chiropractors and go straight to the hospital. Before leaving the office my lethargic baby woke up and demanded food. He nursed for a full hour without any effort on my part to keep him awake. I had timed him at only 30-60 seconds earlier. Then I would have to work to keep him awake and feeding. His feedings continued going well. The chiropractor did want us back a couple more times to make sure the adjustment was holding. We didn't see any more dramatic differences but then didn't expect to as he was doing great.

My mother was going to pay as my husband was earning minimum wage and I wasn't working. When I asked the chiropractor what the fee was I was told it was free. The next two visits were also free. He didn't charge for children under 2.

Prior to that first visit I was on the fence concerning chiropractors. Now I am a firm believer.
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Usually the initial visit is more expensive and then the maintenance visits are cheaper.
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I took my niece because I kept her and she screamed non stop. She was 5 weeks old the first time I took her. She also acted like she was in pain when she pooped. After one adjustment there was a huge improvement. She went once a week for 4 weeks and now only about once every 3 months for maintenance or sooner if she is symptomatic. The chiro I use charges $5 per child under 12 and $25 for children 12 to 17. No more than must be done on a baby I think I would check around as your price seems extremely high to me.

I also took my DD last year because at 11 years old she was still a bed wetter. After one visit she has never wet the bed again.
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My baby costs me $30 (I have a plan that I pay for) per visit would be $40. He goes every two weeks and it helps!
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I took my DD1 when she was a week old as she was a brow presentation and always held her head in the same position she presented. Within a few adjustments, she was much more comfortable and slept WAY better.

Infant adjustments don't look like much. There should be no cracking or sharp movements of the spine. Instead, it's more pressing on the disks.

We paid $70 for the first appointment and $35 for the follow-ups. Definitely ask your Chiro if they have a sliding scale. Though if they're good - its worth every penny.

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I took my DD1 when she was a week old as she was a brow presentation and always held her head in the same position she presented. Within a few adjustments, she was much more comfortable and slept WAY better.

Infant adjustments don't look like much. There should be no cracking or sharp movements of the spine. Instead, it's more pressing on the disks.

We paid $70 for the first appointment and $35 for the follow-ups. Definitely ask your Chiro if they have a sliding scale. Though if they're good - its worth every penny.

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When I had my infant son adjusted it was much more dramatic. I could have sworn the chiro was going to break his neck. Obviously he didn't. We also went back.
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For my DD, I think she cost $20-25/visit and we started her as an infant. We didn't go through insurance for her even though the chiro accepted it. Some chiros ultimately charge you the same out of pocket whether you use insurance or not.

We have no control or baseline to compare, but we are confident that visiting the chiro regularly has been positive for her health and mood. She's 19 months now and loves going for an adjustment. She wasn't colicky, she nursed well, probably a better sleeper than average, has only had one fever/illness.....is it the work of chiro? I don't know, but the adjustments didn't hurt her either.

Since we moved, we pay $175/month for the chiro to see myself, DH and DD as needed. Lately it's been once a week so that breaks down to about $15/person/adjustment. We did have a pricey initial evaluation with both chiros. We do not use our insurance for the current one.

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