Can We Help Kids Kick the Sick?

Can We Improve our Child’s Resilience? Can We “Kick the Sick?”

As seasons shift, parents often encounter a frustrating pattern: their children grappling with frequent colds, coughs, congestion, and various ailments. Despite efforts with over-the-counter remedies, pediatrician visits, and stronger antibiotics, the cycle persists. What may not be apparent is that merely suppressing symptoms with medications can undermine the body’s natural resilience over time.

The key is supporting the body to build up its defenses naturally.

The fundamental principle of the “kick the sick” strategy revolves around tackling dysfunction within the nervous system, which serves as the primary communicator regulating all cells, tissues, and organs. Any disruption or imbalance in the nervous system can trigger a range of issues, including chronic immune disorders, sleep disruptions, digestive issues, behavioral and cognitive difficulties, among others.

If You Want to Regulate Immunity, We Need to Discuss the Autonomic Nervous System.

As a Neurologically-Focused Pediatric Chiropractor I specialize in locating and correcting sources of stress stuck on the nervous system, what we call subluxation. The autonomic nervous system, which comprises the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches, plays a crucial role in modulating immune function. The sympathetic nervous system, often referred to as the “fight or flight” response, suppresses immune activity during periods of stress or perceived danger. Conversely, the parasympathetic nervous system, known as the “rest and digest” state, promotes immune function and allows the body to heal and repair.

When the body experiences chronic stress or nerve interference, the sympathetic nervous system dominates, leading to a suppressed immune response. This imbalance can leave the body vulnerable to various illnesses and infections as the immune system becomes less effective in identifying and neutralizing potential threats.

Subluxation can disrupt the normal flow of nerve communication, leading to dysfunction in various bodily systems, including the immune system. Stress gets to the neck, shoulders, and upper areas and creates constriction and congestion, which in turn creates inflammation.

Subluxation can result from various factors, such as birth trauma, physical stress, emotional stress, and chemical toxins. Subluxation is most commonly initially caused by birth trauma and the intense physical/chemical stresses of the modern birth process. If not properly addressed, this subluxation can build up over time, setting the stage for recurring illnesses.

The intense forces and instrumentation used in interventions like:

  • C-sections
  • Vacuum/forceps deliveries
  • Induction/epidural
  • Prematurity/NICU
  • Cord wrapping

These experiences can significantly injure the vulnerable Vagus Nerve and upper neck region, creating profound subluxation that sets kids up for a host of future problems – setting the stage for what we call The Perfect Storm.

Additionally, things like severe colic, reflux, constipation, and sleep struggles as a newborn could indicate nerve system imbalances stemming from in-utero constraint or birth trauma.

Using advanced technology like INSiGHT scans, chiropractors within the PX Docs Network precisely measure levels of subluxation and associated nerve tension. With scientific analysis and customized care plans, they can then work to reduce that neurological interference and restore balance to the nervous system naturally, without the need for drugs or surgery.

By allowing the body’s master healing system to function optimally, countless conditions can improve, including:

  • Stronger immune function
  • Better sleep
  • Improved digestion/regularity
  • Reduced symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, sensory processing issues
  • Overcoming developmental delays

Build Up Instead of Shutting Down

Instead of merely masking symptoms, chiropractic care delves into the underlying causes that dictate the body’s capacity to self-heal and adapt to stressors such as seasonal shifts, growth spurts, inadequate sleep or diet, and other factors. These elements can swiftly overwhelm a child’s ability to cope, potentially triggering illness.

In contrast, the conventional medical approach often revolves around symptom management through medications, which can further suppress and disrupt the immune system’s functioning. While occasionally essential for critical situations, excessive use of antibiotics, steroids, and immune suppressants can compromise long-term resilience. Studies indicate that each course, particularly within the first year, heightens the likelihood of chronic allergies, asthma, and subsequent illnesses. Thus, it’s crucial to reserve such interventions as a last resort and prioritize drug-free, natural methods to fortify resilience.

So, instead of just shutting it all down at the first sniffle, parents can build their child up through simple steps:

  • Prioritize rest and reduce stressors when sick
  • Ensure proper nutrition, hydration, and movement
  • Integrate natural immune-boosters like vitamin C & D
  • Use supportive tools like essential oils
  • Most importantly, get their nervous system checked!

With a customized chiropractic care plan monitoring and reducing subluxation, many kids avoid the revolving door of sickness. Their bodies can effectively meet seasonal challenges, moving through acute illnesses while building resiliency to prevent bigger problems.

For more information on how to support your child when they are sick, check out our Raising Healthy Kids Naturally Playbook.

The Benefits Become Far-Reaching

When the nervous system is balanced and functioning without interference, the benefits go far beyond stronger immunity. As we know, the nervous system controls and coordinates every cell, tissue, and organ in the body, and by reducing subluxation, chiropractic allows for better-integrated function across all systems.

Parents commonly report improvements in many seemingly unrelated conditions once their child gets on a customized chiropractic care plan. Things like:


  • Behavioral Issues: Many children labeled with ADHD, anxiety, or sensory processing disorders show dramatic improvements in focus, calmness, and behavior regulation under chiropractic care. The brain-body connection becomes optimized.
  • Digestive Problems: Frequent stomachaches, constipation, diarrhea, and other GI issues often resolve when nerve interference along the spine is reduced. Better communication allows the gut to function properly.
  • Bedwetting/Sleep Struggles: The autonomic nervous system controls processes like sleep cycles and bladder function. Restoring nerve tone in these areas can help children overcome bedwetting and achieve higher-quality sleep.
  • Asthma/Breathing Issues: With reduced tension on nerves impacting the respiratory diaphragm and airways, many asthmatics can breathe easier and use inhalers/nebulizers less once subluxations are corrected.


The possibilities are endless because Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care works by unleashing the body’s own innate ability to heal and regulate itself.

No matter the condition, if nervous system dysfunction is contributing, there’s potential for so much improvement.

Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care: Restoring Nervous System Function and Immune Balance

For many families, Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care often emerges as the crucial element that accelerates their child’s journey towards healing. When combined with other holistic therapies and lifestyle adjustments like mindful nutrition, it offers a holistic approach to nurturing a child’s resilience from within.

Instead of merely masking symptoms with a slew of medications, genuine healing has the space to unfold. Instead of relying on repetitive cycles of inhalers, antibiotics, and over-the-counter remedies that can gradually erode vitality, children can cultivate robust inner strength to navigate life’s hurdles.

With compassionate chiropractic care, children can spend less time trapped in the exhausting cycle of illness and more time blossoming, evolving, and flourishing as they deserve.

At Harrington Family Chiropractic, our aim is to support you and your little ones on their journey to thriving. If you’re not within our vicinity, we encourage you to connect with a skilled PX Doc from our network. These dedicated practitioners are committed to positively impacting your child’s life, redirecting their path away from chronic illness and towards natural wellness.

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