Treating Colic with Chiropractic Care
For any parent that has had to deal with a colicky baby, we empathize. The options for treatment are limited and sometimes parents are told they just have to wait while the baby “grows out of it.” We wanted to let parents out there know that there are options. Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for babies suffering from colic.
Colic is a disorder that affects approximately 10-20% of babies and is defined as any baby who cries for more than 3 hours a day, 3 days a week, for more than 3 weeks — without diagnosis of any other illness causing the distress. Ultimately, colic is a bit of a mystery, but it is believed that is often caused by the following:
- A growing digestive system
- Over stimulation
- A still-developing nervous system
When you’re told there’s no cure for colic, as a parent that can be overwhelming. Dealing with a healthy baby is enough work on its own, let alone one that cries for hours everyday. Parents can feel helpless to comfort their child.
Luckily, there are some options. It has been shown in studies that chiropractic adjustments can help infants — 94% of infants show improvements in colic symptoms after an adjustment. In fact, chiropractic treatments showed more improvements over any other treatment including dietary changes and medication. In one study, infants given chiropractic care showed a 67% decrease in crying while those on medication only saw a 37% decrease.
What chiropractic care does is realign the infant and allow the body, immune system, and skeletal system function at optimal levels. A baby has just undergone some serious trauma to its systems — being crunched and twisted during birth. The outside world is a whole different experience to the still-developing immune system and overall body. A chiropractic adjustment helps realign the body so it can function properly.
If you’re thinking about chiropractic care for your infant, it’s important that you find a chiropractic that is trained and experience in infant care. At Family & Sport Chiropractic, we focus on the family and have helped countless infants find relief from colic — and helped their parents get some rest!
Contact us today for a free consultation to see if chiropractic care can be beneficial to your family.