Chiropractic Care for Colic in Babies
Not many things are more difficult to a new parent than dealing with a baby with colic. You are tired and frazzled with an inconsolable child who cannot communicate what is bothering him or her—and worst of all, there is nothing you can do about it. For crying episodes to be classified as colic, these criteria must be met:
- Crying at least 3 hours per day
- Must happen at least 3 days per week
- Must have been occurring over a span of 3 weeks or longer
Hope for Relief of Colic
Several characteristics separate colic from normal baby crying. When a baby has colic, his high-pitched crying will usually happen around the same time of day. It does not seem to have any explainable cause. No matter how hard the parent tries, he cannot console the baby. The child will often clench his fists, tighten his abdominal muscles, and pull his legs up.
There is hope, however. Chiropractic care has been found to decrease crying episodes in children with colic when given chiropractic treatments. This is also a gentle, drug-free approach. Childbirth can be a traumatic experience physically for babies. On their way into the world, babies’ bodies are often stretched or compressed, which can cause misalignments in their spines. These misalignments can then lead to digestive issues as well as problems with nursing. Misalignments can also impede normal organ functioning.
According to a recent study published by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, when babies with colic were given an anti-gas medication, they saw a 38% decrease in crying, however babies who were treated with chiropractic care saw a 67% decrease.
Parents may be afraid of taking a newborn to a chiropractor, but there is no need to be concerned. The adjustment of a baby is very gentle. The chiropractor will use only his fingers to apply the needed pressure. Babies will often come to complete relaxation while receiving treatment.
Chiropractic care for babies with colic is very effective. I encourage you to try it for peace of mind for both you and your newborn. If you would like more information, please give us a call at 864-963-9304.
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