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3 Things to Know About Colic and Chiropractic Care

3 Things to Know About Colic and Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Care and Colic

1. What is Colic?

Colic is when a baby cries excessively.  It has been (arbitrarily) defined as crying that happens at least 3 hours per day for at least 3 days per week for at least 3 weeks.  Most of us would agree that surely, something is wrong if your baby cries anywhere close to this amount of time.  Babies are designed to cry when they are uncomfortable.  This includes when they are hungry, tired, or hurting.  So if your baby is fed and rested, why else would they be crying so much? 

2. What Causes Colic?

The cause of colic is a mystery to the medical world.  It has been suggested that it could be caused by gas or digestive pains, food sensitivities, headaches/migraines, and many other things.  Since your baby can’t talk to you, it’s hard to say for certain what the problem might be.  It could be any of those things for different babies, or it could be something else entirely.  Whatever the cause, it’s important to solve it to get your baby to calm down.  When your baby is crying all the time, it is in a state of stress.  If this stress isn’t resolved, it can have short and long term neurological consequences such as:

  • Temper tantrums
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Prolonged time to fall asleep
  • Immaturity
  • Being “bossy”
  • Inability to compromise

3. Chiropractic Care Can Help Colic

If you’ve had the misfortune of dealing colic, you know this is downright exhausting for the baby and the family.  When a baby is crying for just a minute or two, it can seem like an eternity… not to mention hours upon hours of crying every week.  If you look online at what the medical community suggests to treat colic, you might find the following:

  • Offer a pacifier
  • Use white noise
  • Rocking the baby
  • Giving baby to someone else
  • Putting baby in a crib and walking away

If you are like me, you look at that list and think “gee, none of those seem like treatments at all.”

Finding the Source of Colic

Chiropractic care has been shown to be helpful for infants with colicIf your baby is suffering from this condition you can find relief from a pediatric chiropractor who is able to find the source of the child’s discomfort.  Your baby is likely suffering from subluxation.  For more information on subluxation, see our blog on it. 

If we can locate the subluxation causing the discomfort, we can adjust it and provide relief for your child.  It’s that simple.  This will not only relieve the distress for your child, but it will relieve the stress the rest of your family is enduring as well.  If your baby is happy, your family is happy and bonds and relationships will be stronger and health will abide in the home.

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