When it comes to potential risks associated with a C-section, the majority of ones shared with expectant parents are focused on the mother, not the baby. In fact, The Mayo Clinic’s website lists just two potential risks from a C-section for the baby: Breathing problems that may last a few days and rare minor injuries from accidental nicks to the baby’s skin.
The hard truth, however, is that when a baby is delivered via C-section the physical pulling and pressure placed on their head and neck can cause short and long-term effects on the child’s health and development that we see all too often in our office. The amount of force used to extract a baby from the mother’s uterus during surgery is comparable to a Grade 2 whiplash injury. It’s easy to understand then, how birth trauma from a C-section increases neurological stress and tension in their nervous system. This creates a roadblock in communication between the brain and spinal cord which results in many of the complications listed below.
Please note: C-sections are not the only type of birth trauma that can cause nerve interference and health concerns — but they are one of the most significant (and often overlooked), which is why we are discussing it here.
The most common signs of neurological stress and tension after a C-section delivery include:
🔸Difficulty Latching or breastfeeding
🔸Torticollis (limited range of motion in the neck or preference of one side)
🔸Reflux and projectile vomiting
🔸Gas and significant digestive discomfort
The most common long-term effects of birth trauma include:
🔺Immune system challenges
🔺Allergies: food and seasonal
🔺Sensory processing challenges
🔺Poor behavioral and emotional regulation
Did you know? When a baby is born via C-section they are not exposed to the beneficial bacteria in the mother’s vaginal canal which strengthens the baby’s immune system. This is another reason why children born via C-section may have weaker immune systems and get sick more often.
For a deeper understanding of WHY neurological stress and C-sections can cause the above health concerns, read this article by Dr. Tony Ebel.