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Posted on 02-16-2015
As a parent of a new baby, sleep is a rare commodity. So precious is that extra hour of sleep you can grab here and there. Speaking from experience from parents who come into Dody Chiropractic, when you have a colicky baby there is no sleep. It seems like you may never get uninterrupted sleep again. When I see parents come into the office with bags and dark circles around their eyes I know that look is from a fussy baby. Not only don’t you get sleep, but you worry about your baby not eating or getting the nutrition he or she needs to develop. The pain that is associated with colic can lead to babies not wanting to eat. Sadly, colic affects up to one third of newborn babies. One of my greatest gratitude’s in practice is, after adjusting a colicky baby, to see parents’ joy when there baby is not only eating properly but also sleeping for longer periods of time. Often you see tears of joy as parents are able to not worry and sleep again.
Colic is defined as inconsolable crying in an infant for at least three hours a day, at least three days a week, for at least three weeks. This is called the “Rule of 3”. I don’t know about you but I don’t know many parents who would actually make it to the three week mark. When I see colicky babies here at the clinic they often present with a lot of tension in the muscles, especially in the abdominal muscles. They often have clenched fists and flexed legs. And they always have the unmistakable loud piercing cry.
Significant research has been done on the subject and the cause of colic that is unknown, however there are many speculated causes. Some of the causes include:
Those are just a few of the suspected causes of colic in a newborn. Stats show that approximately 10-20% of babies are affected by colic.
Traditional medical treatment of colic consists of medication or waiting for the baby to outgrow the problem. Once again, due to the stress level of the parents, outgrowing the problem is probably not the best method. As a chiropractor, I look at the problem differently. Many of the symptoms of colic can be related back to nervous system dysfunction. That is what I address here at our office in Littleton, CO. When I see a newborn with colic, we have a couple of ways to look for interference of the nervous system. First we have a non-invasive nerve system scan that will demonstrate where nerves are being interfered with from the brain to the digestive organs of the baby. Second you can feel the compensation of the muscles around the babies’ spine which is where the nervous system resides and is protected. In fact there are numerous studies that show that gentle and safe chiropractic adjustments have been proven to reduce colic symptoms in babies. 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". For this study the researchers randomly assigned infants diagnosed with colic into two groups. 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.1 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.2 A more recent study published in 2012 in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics showed again that chiropractic adjustment improved crying behavior in infants with colic, and the knowledge of the treatment by the parent did not appear to contribute to the observed treatment effects.3
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