Infantile Colic: From chaos to calm

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Nothing rattles a new parent like the dreaded rule of 3.  Infantile colic follows 3 general guidelines: crying for more than 3 hours per day, crying for 3 or more days per week, and crying for 3 or more weeks in an otherwise healthy and well fed baby.   This can be a quite a stressful time.   What are the causes and what is the best first step in calming infantile colic?

One thing that helped me understand colic is that it’s not a disease.  It’s a symptom.   There are also a variety of reasons for why babies cry.  Some of the causes of Colic can include: too much gas in the intestine, dietary problems and birth trauma.

One of the most effective things you can do is have a consultation with your Pediatric Chiropractor.   After going over your child’s history the Chiropractor will check your child’s nervous system to determine if Chiropractic can help.  If there is a disturbance to the nervous system than your child will benefit from being adjusted.

Several studies have been done regarding Infantile Colic and Chiropractic Care.  A study published in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, studied 316 infants with Colic who underwent Chiropractic care.  Of the 316 infants, 94% showed a satisfactory improvement within 2 weeks of starting Chiropractic care.  After 4 weeks the improvement was maintained.  The remaining infants demonstrated improvement within 14 days.   A side note to this study was that 51% of the participants had undergone a previously unsuccessful intervention, usually drug therapy.

Although not all children respond this quickly the average number of adjustments needed to produce satisfactory improvement was 3.8 over a 2 week period.  If you have any questions please give us a call or send us an email.

Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Serving the greater Grand Rapids area; Standale, Walker, Wyoming, and Grandville

Grand Rapids, MI 49534