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ALPINE -- More parents than ever are taking their kids to the chiropractor instead of a pediatrician.
Bill Lawler has been a chiropractor for 27 years. He's currently practicing at Chiropractic 4 Kids and Families in Alpine and says in the past couple of decades his patients have been getting younger. Nearly half are under the age of 18.
"Newborn babies, usually not seconds after they've been born, but within days to weeks definitely," he said.
He says most often parents bring kids in for ear infections but also for sleeping problems, bed wetting issues, colds, the flu and about anything else.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine says nearly three percent of all U.S. children are treated by chiropractors. He cautions more studies need to be done to prove the techniques are safe and effective.
Lawler welcomes more research to document what works. Lawler says he never promises patients he's going to cure a child's sickness, but he says he'll work to relieve tension and stress from the body so the body can heal itself.