The present study investigated the effectiveness of chiropractic care of seven-month old fraternal twin boys with plagiocephaly (flat head) and scaphocephaly (long, narrow head). Approximately 2.6% of births are complicated due to birth trauma. The injuries are comprehensive and can include injuries to the nervous system and organs.
The current study involves twins with craniofacial and spine injuries which resulted in plagiocephaly, facial asymmetry, and altered functionality. Seven-month-old fraternal twin boys were brought in by their mother who said they had been experiencing chronic acid reflux since birth.
The boys’ medical history showed that they were diagnosed with Graves Disease (immune disorder that overproduces thyroid hormones) at 18 weeks of gestation. Their mother reported that in utero, one of the twins was in a transverse position (side-to-side) while the other twin was in a posterior position.
When their mother was 33 weeks pregnant, the amniotic membrane of one of the twins broke which caused an emergency C-Section. The patients were held in special care for three weeks since they were premature babies. Their mother reported that they were breastfed from birth until three-months of age but that feedings were difficult due to the boys having difficulty latching and chronic acid reflux even after switching to infant formula.
The patients’ pediatrician gave them Gaviscon and Losec to address their acid reflux when they were 4-5 months old. Their mother said the medicine did not work.
The doctor of chiropractic assessed the patients’ craniums and spines and found that twin A had plagiocephaly, while twin B had scaphocephaly.
They both began chiropractic care and they were examined and adjusted accordingly twice a week for the first twelve weeks and then once per week for the following twenty-four weeks.
The doctor of chiropractic utilized adjustments that followed Sacro-Occipital technique (SOT) protocols including cranial and maxillary molding as well as pelvic and spinal adjustments.
Twin A consistently demonstrated cranial molding with a right Anterior to -Posterior strain. The doctor utilized occipital pump, occipital spread, occipital mold and maxilla, and heel swing for correction.
Twin B consistently demonstrated cranial molding of lateral scaphocephaly, occipital pump, occipital spread, and occipital mold and maxilla. Twin B’s care included adjustments with heel swings to assist with cranial molding as his care progressed.
After eight weeks of care, their mother reported that their acid reflux had decreased in severity. The patients’ mother described them as “more settled” and fed “easier.” Twin B had more consistent acid reflux compared to Twin A. Sixteen weeks into care, their mother reported that their acid reflux had resolved and cranial examinations showed significant improvements in cranial symmetry for both patients.
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MLA Citation: Collins, Kimberly, Alcantara, Joel, & Holt, Kelly. “Resolution of Breastfeeding and Gastrointestinal Complaints in Infant Twins with Plagiocephaly & Scaphocephaly Following Birth Trauma: A Case Series.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health. 2015.1 (2015): 34-41.