Chiropractic: Can it help ease colic?
Almost all infants develop periods of fussiness. This is often referred to as colic. It has been defined as periods of irritability, fussiness and inconsolable crying in a healthy baby (that lasts for at least three hours a day, at least three days a week). But colic can often be an overused diagnosis. Pain from sources other than the gastrointestinal tract can be improperly diagnosed as colic. If a baby is crying inconsolably, it is very difficult to know if he is actually suffering from a digestive disturbance.
Many infants are suffering from a condition known as nerve stress. This is a very serious condition, causing tension on the child's nerves and interfering with the basic functions of their body. Often, nerve stress in infants is found in the upper neck area. There is a strong possibility, especially when there has been a history of birth trauma, that these babies are suffering from head and neck pain due to nerve stress in this area.
In a study looking at babies receiving chiropractic care, 94% of parents saw improvement in their baby's behavior within two weeks of initiation of care. A little over half of these babies had already been unsuccessfully treated, usually by pharmacological means (Klougart et al., 1989). Another study found 91 percent of babies experienced a reduction in colicky behavior following as little as two chiropractic adjustments (Nilsson, 1985).
Chiropractic care offers a safe, gentle approach to your child's healthcare. We believe in your child's God-given ability to heal themselves if there is no interference to that healing. Chiropractic removes the interference to healing.
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