Colic is a term no new parent ever wants to hear. It is filled with periods of inconsolable crying(sometimes for both the baby and the parent), frustration and a sense of hopelessness. Other than latching issues and reflux it is one of the most common reasons new parents present to my office looking for help with their new baby.
First it is important to define colic. It can be defined by any healthy or well fed baby that presents with the rule of threes:
Cries for more than 3 hours a day
Cries for more than 3 days per week
Cries typically starting at 3 weeks of age
Cries for longer than 3 weeks
Next it is important to understand what colic is – typically it is gas or pain caused by distress in the rapidly developing GI tract, overstimulation of the baby or the still growing nervous system. This is why Chiropractic can play a role with helping babies who have colic. Chiropractors specifically work with the nervous system to alleviate any misalignments of the spine or subluxations that have great effects on calming and removing any interference to the developing nervous system. Gentle and safe adjustments are used (involving no more pressure than to test the ripeness of a peach) to alleviate any misalignments of the spine and restore normal function to the rapidly developing nervous system of the infant. It is important to know that we are not specifically “treating” colic but instead working on the joints of the spine and regulating the nervous system that often results in a calmer baby.
Research by the ICPA has suggested that infants who undergo Chiropractic Care saw a 94% reduction in the symptoms of colic based on parent reporting. Another study in the same journal reported a 67% decrease in crying and colic symptoms with Chiropractic Care vs. a 38% decrease in symptoms when treated with anti-gas medication.
Parents considering this type of treatment for their baby should look for a chiropractor who has experience providing treatment for babies. Pillars of Health is dedicated to helping families achieve better health and wellness for their families. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Michelle MacDonald for more information.
She can be reached by telephone at 902-444-3303 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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