Colic - Chiropractic

Babies cry; that’s what they do. For the most part, it is their only means of communication in a strange and confusing world, and parents must learn to understand a baby’s crying and fulfill the needs of their infant. However, crying should not be a constant event; once a baby’s needs are satisfied, the crying should stop. If the crying continues without cessation, your baby may have colic, and this may be a sign of an underlying problem.

What is colic?

Colic used to be explained away as the result of an upset stomach, but more recently, colic came to be defined as uncontrollable crying that lasts more than three hours a day, at least three days a week for three weeks or more. Colic usually begins at around the three-week mark, and typically ends at around three or four months.

The causes of colic are somewhat mysterious, and experts have yet to come up with a concrete explanation for the seemingly endless crying. However, some still cling to the old reasoning that gas and indigestion cause discomfort, leading to the ceaseless crying. Since it is difficult to know whether or not an infant is suffering from stomach pain, it may be beneficial to look at other reasons for your baby’s colic.

An alternate explanation for colic

When colicky babies are brought to our clinic for evaluation, we frequently see misalignment in the upper cervical spine, which may cause pain in the head and neck. This seems to be particularly common in cases where the labor and delivery were difficult.

Study results

  • In a Mercer and Cook study conducted in South Africa, thirty colicky infants were split into two randomly chosen groups. The babies in the first group received chiropractic treatment, while the babies in the second group did not. After two weeks, 93% of the babies who received chiropractic care no longer had symptoms of colic.
  • Another study, this one in Denmark (Klougart et al., 1989) investigated the results of chiropractic in babies with colic. Only two weeks after treatment began, 94% of the parents saw a change for the better in the infants’ behavior.

Chiropractic for colic

It is important to note that chiropractic care is not a cure for colic. However, correcting vertebral subluxation that may be hindering the body’s ability to perform at an optimal level can help improve the symptoms of colic. In fact, this type of treatment may help resolve any type of complaint in a person of any age.

If you are a parent with a colicky baby, you don’t have to just wait for it to go away. Call our clinic for a consultation today and find out if chiropractic is the answer you’ve been looking for.

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