Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 20124
  Title Can chiropractic care improve infants' sleep?
Journal J Clin Chiropr Pediatr. 2008 Mar;9(1):543-546
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to plot any changes in parental report of infant sleeping behavior during a sequence of chiropractic treatments and to test the hypothesis that chiropractic adjustments improve sleep patterns in children.

METHODS: A prospective non-randomized single cohort observational study was conducted in a chiropractic teaching clinic in Bournemouth, England. A convenience sample of 117 infants presenting consecutively to the clinic between June 2004 and January 2005 were included in the study.

RESULTS: Overall, improved sleep habits were seen in the infants. Improvement in consecutive hours of sleep, quality of sleep, and the time taken to settle before sleep all showed statistically significant improvement.

CONCLUSION: This pilot story suggests that chiropractic management of care may have a place in caring for the infant with sleeping difficulties.

KEY WORDS: chiropractic, chiropractic adjustments, manual therapy, infant sleep.

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