Without the ability to speak, newborn babies cry indicating that something is not right.
Parents feel helpless.
Infantile colic was first thought to be merely indigestion.
The definition of colic is: Unexplained and uncontrollable crying in babies from 0 to 3 months old, more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week for 3 weeks or more.
Upon examination, we often find spinal interferences in the baby’s upper cervical spine.
Most of the time these babies are suffering from head and neck pain, which is common in difficult births.
The results of a randomized controlled trial published in the October 1999 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics tracked a small group of 50 infants.
- Half received the drug dimethicone and the other spinal manipulation.
- At the conclusion of the two-week study, the babies being adjusted saw a 67% reduction in crying and the drug therapy group saw a 38% reduction.
- Even though colic is considered a condition that resolves itself with time studies are showing improvement, sometimes significant, among colicky babies with vertebral subluxations.
So if a subluxation is present, interfering with the proper function of an part of the body, restoring proper nervous system control often allows the body to heal and function as it was designed to.
We help many colicky kids and would love to discuss your specific colic issue and how Chiropractic may help.