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The Most Precious Gift On Earth

Maimed At Birth! By Dr. J.R. Crabtree D.C. We all want what’s best for our children. From the moment they’re born, we worry about them. Is their food nutritious? Are they eating enough? Will they develop a rash from buying the wrong brand of diapers? What’s the best laundry detergent? Or even, what if we choose the wrong doctor? When we hold them in our arms and feel the weight of their small bodies and smell the sweet scent of their skin, we realize they are a gift, a gift from God to be cherished and cared for to the best of our abilities. For many of us, our child’s birth was a marathon we thought we couldn’t run. And in the end, we finished with the best prize. It’s the beginning of a journey of health and happiness. But for others, the prize doesn’t come so easily, and many are pained in the process. Health and happiness are like a distant island in an angry ocean that is pulling them further out to sea. During difficult births, doctors must do what they feel is necessary to deliver the baby and still protect the mother in the process. These procedures often 18 | savvy kids January 2013

result in babies being pulled or twisted to “help” them exit the womb. Often their head or neck is strained, and there have even been cases of broken collar bones and torn tendons and ligaments. Some doctors resort to using suction or forceps to pull the baby through the birth canal. Even in the event of a C-Section, babies have had facial bruising from a tumultuous delivery. Pulling and twisting on a newborn’s head and neck can have long-lasting consequences for the child. Every mother knows that when holding a baby you must always support the child’s head and neck. A baby has very little muscle development in their neck to support their head. If someone were to pick up a baby and grab the child’s head and begin pulling on the head and neck, it is easy to see how this could severely injure the child. The brain stem is the lifeline of the body. If it has been twisted and manipulated during the birthing process, many health problems can surface. Over 700,000 babies suffer from colic, leaving parents desperately seeking

Savvy Kids January 2013  

A medical breakthrough, special needs, Razorback cheerleader, Beyond Ritalin, and more!

Savvy Kids January 2013  

A medical breakthrough, special needs, Razorback cheerleader, Beyond Ritalin, and more!