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Child With Balance Problem
Posted by: Dan Iksraz
Date: August 25, 2000 4:55 PM

I have a friend who is concerned about her daughter's health. The child is now 2 years old and has, within the past year, experienced 3 separate occurrences of what appears to be the same ailment. The symptoms are:

1. The head is tilted to one side almost to the shoulder.
2. There is a very noticeable loss of balance when walking.
3. She stops walking and will not walk.
4. Vomiting starts and continues for a few hours.
5. The symptoms gradually subside after 7-8 hours.

The child has been to her regular pediatrician and also to a special children's clinic in Pennsylvania to try and determine the source of this problem. Extensive tests were done. No explanation has been found so far.

RE: Child With Balance Problem
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: August 26, 2000 2:52 AM

In the absence of a neurological disease, I would suggest chiropractic evaluation of your child's upper cervical spine. There are several studies now docummenting the relationship and effectiveness of chiropractic manipulation for functional balance and dysequilibrium syndromes.

Muscular torticollis is most common in large babies and following difficult first deliveries. It is also more common in breech deliveries and in conjunction with congenital hip dislocation. Children who show torticollis for the first time later in childhood should be carefully evaluated. Most of these turn out to have torticollis from minor neck muscle trauma or from upper respiratory viruses. Nevertheless, some have torticollis as a result of a serious problem such as a tumor.



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