Is your baby having restless sleep, not drinking or drinking well?
Was there any complications during delivery, for example prolonged labour or caesarean section?
Is she/he showing signs of restricted motion in the neck?
If your answer was 'YES' to any of the questions above, it's possible that your baby is suffering from KISS syndrome.
What Is KISS Syndrome?
A study published in the Journal of Manual Medicine identified a specific upper cervical dysfunction in newborns that only chiropractors are fitted to examine and correct. It's called, Kinematic Imbalance due to Suboccipital Strain, also known as KISS syndrome. It was found that many signs and symptoms commonly seen in newborns were a direct cause of this syndrome.
In the study done by Biedermann (1992), the most common symptoms were:
- torticollis (head tilted to one side),
- asymmetric muscle tone,
- cervical scoliosis (sideway curvature of spine),
- retarded development of hip joints,
- deformities of the feet,
- restless sleep, and not eating or drinking well.
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What Causes Kiss syndrome?
Research suggests that the most common factors causing suboccipital strain (read: upper cervical subluxation) includes:
- intrauterine malposition of the fetus
- use of forceps, c-section or vacuum extraction
- prolonged labour
- multiple fetuses (twins, triplets)
When first measured in the U.S, caesarean birth rate was 4.5% (1965) but in 2013 the rates of caesarean birth was 32.7%, well above the "medically necessary" target of 10 percent to 15 percent that WHO says is ideal.
This means that almost a third of every newborns are delivered by c-sections. C-sections are a traumatic experience for both the mother and the child, and unfortunately this means that more than ever, our children are likely to suffer from upper cervical subluxations since birth. KISS syndromes are easily described as "silent killers" because they are easily disregarded by many physicians. Biedermann states that "the pathogenic importance of asymmetric posture in infants and young children is often disregarded, with the condition either being dismissed as unimportant or not recognised at all." This is a major concern for two reasons;
1) Signs and symptoms of KISS syndrome are very common among newborns. However, the diagnosis of upper cervical subluxations are largely dismissed, which results in the administration of irrelevant treatment(s) that do not address the underlying problem;
2) If upper cervical subluxation is left undiagnosed and untreated for a long time, it may inflict more harm to the child as he matures.
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What Can Be Done?
Identification of suboccipital strains (upper cervical subluxations) requires the expertise of a doctor who is proficient in the palpation and analysis of the spine. Biedermann's research team recommends chiropractic adjustments to the upper cervical area to correct the underlying problem of KISS syndrome. Several case studies are presented in Biedermann's paper where chiropractic care was found to relieve the signs and symptoms quickly without the need for extensive physiotherapy or other invasive measures. A frequent comment by accompanying parents was that their child ate and slept better after each chiropractic adjustments.
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