Colic is described as “unexplainable and uncontrollable crying in babies from 0 to 18 months old, occurring more than 3 hours a day, and generally occurring in the late afternoon or evening.” However, colic in babies is much more than just a crying baby. The toll that improperly treated colic can have on a child’s mental and physical health as their bodies develop can be very detrimental.
Colic is a multi-factorial symptom, so it is important to check your boxes before resorting to drugs and medications. At our office, one of the major colic causes we see on a regular basis comes from micro-traumas (slips and falls) and larger traumas (prolonged birthing processes, C-section delivery, etc.).
The modern-day birthing process can be a very traumatic experience for both the mother and the child. Many cases of colic will originate from a rough birth and the symptoms of repetitive crying may not surface until weeks to even months later. Colic may also originate from simple slips and falls as the child is learning to crawl and walk.
Modern birthing methods include suction cups, forceps, and other aggressive methods used to extract the baby. In addition to that, 1 out of 3 babies today are born via Cesarean birth. This type of birthing method places additional stress on the child, especially to the little one’s head, upper neck, and spine.
Because a young infant’s spinal muscles and ligaments are still developing, invasive birthing methods and day to day slips and falls will easily misalign structures of your child’s spine. These misalignments are called subluxations and they cause stress and irritation on the nervous system. Unfortunately, babies cannot speak like adults, so they express their pain and discomfort through crying, whining, and in severe cases an infant may even completely stop feeding.
The good news about colic is that it can be treated effectively through chiropractic! Our doctors practice torque release technique, a state of the art, non-invasive chiropractic technique with an instrument. The technique gently corrects any spinal misalignments, immediately easing discomfort that your child is dealing with.
At Abundant Life Chiropractic, we understand that as parents you may have questions on the safety and efficacy of infantile adjusting. Our doctors provide neurologically-based care – which means no clicking, popping, or cracking when adjusting spinal misalignments. When it comes to babies, the amount of force that is used to move the bone is minimal. It is similar to what a person would use to check the ripeness of a tomato. Adjustments are safe, simple and very effective with infant spines.
The key to resolving colic is getting to the cause of the pain and discomfort. All too often, we will chase the symptoms of crying and discomfort with pain-easing medication, while the problem that is causing the discomfort never gets properly addressed. The best advice for a parent dealing with a colicky baby is to start with a detailed examination and consultation to see if your child can be helped through natural chiropractic care.