Parents of infants with colic report significantly higher stress levels than parents whose babies don’t have colic. The stress and frustration of trying to soothe a colicky baby may interfere with mother-baby bonding and can increase the risk of postpartum depression. Despite the research done on colic there is “no known cause,” which can make conventional treatment difficult.
Chiropractic care on the other hand has shown some of the best results, with 94% of colicky babies demonstrating improvement with chiropractic adjustments in only two weeks!
A colicky baby typically presents with a loud piercing cry, flexed legs, tensed abdominal muscles, and clenched fingers. It typically starts around three weeks of age and lasts until around three months but sometimes lasts for as long as six months. Approximately 10-20% of babies in Columbus, Ohio are affected by colic. Doctors diagnose colic based on the previously mentioned “Rule of 3” and after ruling out other diseases that may make a baby cry uncontrollably. This unfortunately means that colic can also be a catch-all diagnosis of exclusion when your pediatrician doesn’t have a great idea about what is actually happening.
Research on chiropractic care and colic has shown significant benefits over other treatments such as dietary changes, medication, and infant positioning. A randomized clinical trial published in 1999 in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that “Spinal manipulation is effective in relieving infantile colic”. One group received chiropractic care for two weeks and the other group was given the anti-gas medication dimethicone for two weeks. The babies in the chiropractic group showed a 67% decrease in crying while the babies on medication showed a 38% decrease in crying. In other words, in just 2 weeks, chiropractic adjustments were almost twice as effective as medication at treating colic, and it was 100% natural treatment.
Another study with 316 children also showed significant improvement in colic in response to chiropractic care. This prospective study used diaries from mothers of colicky babies to track the amount of crying. The three month long study showed a “satisfactory result of spinal manipulative therapy in 94% of the cases”. The improvements occurred after an average of only three adjustments within two weeks.
Chiropractic care is a conservative, gentle, and very successful option for treating infants with colic. Chiropractic adjustments for infants are specific, gentle, and safe.
Infantile Colic Treated by Chiropractors: A Prospective Study of 316 Cases http://www.chiro.org/research/ABSTRACTS/Infantile_Colic.shtml
Friday, April 17, 2009 by: Sheryl Walters http://www.naturalnews.com/026069_colic_chiropractic_care.html
4 Healthy Kids, Infant Colic Treatment (http://www.4healthykids.com/infant-colic/infant-colic-treatment.html)
The Short-Term Effect of Spinal Manipulation in the Treatment of Infantile Colic: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial with a Blinded Observer J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1999 (Oct); 22 (8): 517-522