Colic is defined as crying more than three hours a day, three days a week for more than three weeks in an otherwise well-fed, healthy baby. The key to this definition is “in an otherwise well-fed, healthy baby”. Well, the logical question to ask is what would make an otherwise well-fed, healthy baby cry so frequently? When it comes to colic, the answer is usually digestive and gas pains.
An infant’s digestive system is under direct control of the nervous system and chiropractic works with the nervous system. Therefore improving the way the nervous system works can lead to resolution of colic with chiropractic care.1, 2, 3
Even during a normal birth there is a tremendous amount of stress placed on a baby as they enter the world. It is estimated during a normal birth process there is 50 pounds of axial traction placed on an infant’s head and spine. This stress can cause misalignments of the spine, called subluxation, that interfere with normal nerve function in the body. This nerve dysfunction can lead to many different conditions , including infantile colic.
The first thing we do in our office is we determine if there is nerve disturbance causing or contributing to the colic. We are able to do this through a thorough history and a state of the art non-invasive nervous system evaluation. We also look at lifestyle and environmental factors that may be preventing normal digestion.
The reason our approach is so successful when compared to other common approaches to dealing with infantile colic is that we are focused on addressing the causes of the colic.
Following the history and evaluation, if we can find out we can help, we will present a care plan to address your infant’s colic.
Infant care in our office is completely safe and incredibly gentle. In fact , during the adjustment it is not uncommon for the infant to fall asleep.
Call today to set up an appointment and find out if we’re the answer you’ve been searching for.
- Chiropractic Management of an Infant Experiencing Breastfeeding Difficulties and Colic: A Case Study. J Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics 2000; 4 (1): 245-247
- Long-Term Effects of Infant Colic: A Survey Comparison of Chiropractic Treatment and Nontreatment Groups. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2009 (Oct); 32 (8): 635–63
- The Chiropractic Care of Infants With Colic: A Systematic Review of the Literature Explore (NY). 2011 (May); 7 (3): 168–174