Colic and Chiropractic

Probably one of the most frustrating situations new parents find themselves in is having to deal with a child that is suffering from colic. Colic is a condition that affects 20-40% of babies born, and in many cases, is gone by the time the infant is eight weeks old. However, in more than 50% of all cases, infants suffer from colic beyond three months of age, some up to 12 months!

This condition is characterized by: unexplainable and uncontrollable crying, irritability, abdominal tenderness and dissention.

What can cause Colic?

As your baby is being born the neck and back vertebrae can go out of alignment due to the stretching and compressing of the body as it emerges into the world. If the delivery of you’re baby involved; prolonged pushing stage, forceps, vacuum extraction or other forms of assisted delivery, the chances of you’re baby having a misalignment (vertebral *subluxation) are great. If the vertebral *subluxations, are big enough, the functioning of the major systems in the body can be compromised eg; the digestive system, leading to colic episodes.

But not to worry, Chiropractic can help!

In 1989 a study was published on 316 infants, (at a median age of 5.7 weeks) in Denmark on the effectiveness of Chiropractic care for infantile. The babies were considered to have moderate to serve colic, averaging 5.2 hours of persistent crying per day. In the study 51% of the infants had prior unsuccessful treatment by a medical doctor with 83% of them having received drugs with an unsuccessful outcome. Following a 2-week adjustment protocol 94% of the children reported successful results under Chiropractic care. In conclusion, the authors stated “the results of this study suggested that spinal adjustments of the vertebral column in infants with infantile colic, constitutes on effective care”

Chiropractors have found many colicky babies to have *subluxations of the cervical or thoracic spine.

Give your child the great advantage of this safer, more natural, non-drug form of health care.

* Subluxation; a subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between your brain and your body.

Castellucci, R. (2012) Resolution of Colic in an Eight Week Old Infant Undergoing Chiropractic Care: A Case Study. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic, 2012(4), 109-112.

Rollette, D. & Monroe, C. (2012) Improvement of Infant Colic and Reflux Following Chiropractic Care: A Case Report & Selective Review of the Literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic, 2012(2), 43-48.