Letters to the Editor

Chiropractic care is a good idea for infants

To the editor:

I agree with Dr. Markus Thiel about infant chiropractic care. (Chiropractic Treatment Can Resolve Infant Ills Like Colic, Aug. 19 Capital News.) All infants and children should see a competent chiropractor for evaluation and potential therapy. (Also all adults.)

I was a chiropractor in practice in Kelowna for 42 years. I am now retired.

I did treat many, many infants for colic. If treated within 10 days of birth usually only two or three treatments cleared the colic.

Usually the problem was a mid-thoracic problem (occasionally a neck problem), which required gentle working of the spinal area.

One case was a nurse’s baby who worked in the Kelowna Hospital obstetric department. I went to her home (best to treat babies at home—in familiar surroundings) and gave the baby three treatments—on the 10th, 12th and 14th day after birth.

When the baby was smiling while I was treating her on the third treatment, her mother said “babies don’t smile at that age,” and I said, “she is an animal and is showing pleasure about what is happening to her.” Mother agreed.

It would be nice to see the mother and child again (that was about 20 years ago), so if the mother reads this, please contact me. Thanks.

Mothers—please take your infant to a chiropractor. You can have the chiropractor contact me as to how to treat the infant.

If any other mother reads this—and I treated their child—please contact me.

Dr. Mervyn G Ritchey,

West Kelowna


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