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Prevention of SIDS

SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, is the leading cause of death among infants one month to one year old. SIDS claims the lives of about 2,500 infants each year in the United States alone.

One of the leading causes of SIDS is an inverted atlas into the foramen magnum, usually caused during the birthing process. The very first vertebrae is called the atlas or C1 – its function is to allow the head to rotate from side to side and is located at the start of the spinal cord. The foramen magnum, or the base of the skull, is what houses the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord. When forceps, vacuums, or other traumatic forces are used to extract a child at birth, the infant can develop severe and painful subluxations. If left untreated, this could lead to behavioral problems, developmental issues, and even SIDS. Chiropractic care in infants is beneficial for health, wellness, development, and life.