Can you imagine? Your little head is pounding. Your little tummy hurts. You haven’t been sleeping and you’re always cranky. The worst part about it, you aren’t able to tell anyone or ask for help because you can’t communicate yet! What’s your only option? Cry, cry, cry, and keep crying for help.
As a parent you aren’t sure what your baby wants but you know something isn’t right.
Colic was originally considered simply indigestion. Still to this day, many doctors default to this diagnosis because it is easier to guess and not investigate. The most widely accepted definition of colic today is “unexplainable 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, usually in the afternoon and evening hours.”
If a baby is inconsolable, it’s hard to know if it’s a digestive disturbance because they can’t communicate. We might want to rule out a more important explanation before assuming it’s gas. After an exam, unfortunately it is common that we find spinal distortions in the baby’s upper cervical spine. Most likely these babies are suffering from pain in their head and neck. If there was a difficult birth the odds are even higher that there is a spinal problem.
Is Chiropractic Really Effective?
We tend to rely on research these days. In the October 1999 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics, there was a small group of 50 infants tracked in a randomized controlled trial looking at this issue. 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.
Where Is Research At?
Case studies are prevalent in showing that chiropractic is linked with improved colic symptoms in babies with vertebral subluxations. Like so many other childhood problems, a well functioning nervous system allows a kid to grow, develop, and heal normally. When we maximize a child’s nervous system, who knows the positive effects it will have on their life and what developmental disorders will be avoided?
Chiropractic does not cure any disease! If vertebral subluxation is present, interfering with the proper function of any part of the body, removing that subluxation and restoring proper nervous system control often allows the body to heal, grow, and develop normally. Restoration may happen regardless of age and regardless of what the particular symptoms are called.
Make An Appointment or Email our practice today for a no obligation appointment to find out if chiropractic may help your child. Take action now and put an end to the helplessness and frustration so many new mothers feel.
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