Skip to content

The Nexus Between Vagus Nerve Disorders & Kids' Neurological Challenges

happy baby playing at homeOften referred to as the “wandering nerve,” the vagus nerve regulates essential functions such as sleep, digestion, immune responses, communication, and emotional well-being. When this nerve experiences dysfunction, it paves the way for a cascade of neurological challenges that may be more familiar than you think.

Scientific evidence has shown a close link between vagus nerve disorders and various neurological conditions in children, including autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, epilepsy, and seizures.

But how does this connection work?

Trauma during delivery or birth interventions, such as forceps, vacuum extraction, induction, or C-sections, may lead to vagus nerve injuries. Early exposure to toxins, antibiotics, and excessive medications may also impact the function of the vagus nerve.

Initially, these disruptions may manifest as issues like colic, constipation, and ear infections in infants, often dismissed with the notion that “they’ll outgrow it.” However, unresolved vagus nerve issues may result in developmental delays, motor challenges, tantrums, emotional or behavioral problems, and even persist into the school years, causing hyperactivity, impulsiveness, attention difficulties, and anxiety.

Taking Charge of Your Child’s Neurological Health

Fortunately, there is a way to measure and assess vagus nerve function. With a quick 3-5 minute Heart Rate Variability (HRV) test, we can gain valuable insights into your child’s vagus nerve health and the severity of any potential disorders or dysfunction. Armed with this knowledge, we can create a tailored care plan for your child, focusing on addressing these challenges head-on without resorting to drugs or surgery.

Gentle Pediatric Care

We always go the extra mile to ensure that every child is treated as an individual and given the highest level of customized care. We pair this with a neurologically-focused chiropractic approach to set kids up for healthy futures.

Contact Us Today

If you’re ready to take the next step, we invite you to contact us at Live Aligned Family Chiropractic to book an appointment.

Add Your Comment (Get a Gravatar)

Your Name


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *.