Seeing your child suffer may be the hardest thing you ever have to endure as a parent. But seeing them suffer and being helpless to do anything about it is even worse. That’s how parents of colicky babies often feel. Hours of unexplained crying even leave parents feeling it may be their fault. But take hope!
At one time, colic was believed to be a digestive disorder, and occasionally it is. However, since colic often does not respond to treatments aimed at the digestive system, current medical experts describe colic as “unexplainable” and “uncontrollable” crying that occurs for three hours or more a day.
According to doctors at the Mayo Clinic,
“…in an otherwise healthy, well-fed baby, signs of colic include:
Predictable crying episodes. A baby who has colic often cries about the same time every day, usually in the late afternoon or evening. Colic episodes may last from a few minutes to three hours or more on any given day. Your baby may have a bowel movement or pass gas near the end of the colic episode.
Intense or inconsolable crying. Colic crying is intense, sounds distressed and is often high pitched. Your baby’s face may flush, and he or she is extremely difficult — if not impossible — to comfort.
Crying that occurs for no apparent reason. It’s normal for babies to cry sometimes. But, crying usually means your baby needs something, such as food or a clean diaper. Crying associated with colic occurs with no clear cause.
Posture changes. Curled up legs, clenched fists and tensed abdominal muscles are common during colic episodes.”
The fact that a baby’s crying is “unexplainable” and “uncontrollable” often leaves parents feeling desperate and hopeless, but there is hope! If your child is experiencing this painful syndrome and you are looking for a solution to soothe their pain and ease your mind, gentle, natural Chiropractic care can help!
Chiropractors have found that many children are born with spinal misalignments, possibly caused by the strain and stress put on the body during the birth process. If your baby has colic, it could be that a headache, neck pain, or back pain is what is causing your child’s suffering.
Often, a very small and gentle chiropractic adjustment can fix major misalignments in an infant’s spine. Many parents have observed that even after a single, minor adjustment, their baby’s colic is improved. They have a greater capacity for breastfeeding, are more comfortable, and as a result, cry much less.
In other cases, it may take several treatments to ensure the spine will stay in alignment and that your baby will stay on track for healthy development. The realignment of the spine in an infant also decreases their risks of many other issues, such as colds, flu, ear infections, asthma, and even ADHD.
Don’t let colic cause you or your child undue stress and suffering or yourself. Through gentle, holistic chiropractic treatment, we can help relieve colic in many babies, and get you back to enjoying time with your child!
When a parent comes in with complaints a colicky baby, we start with a medical history and physical to learn about underlying risks and conditions. We combine this information with gentle, manual examination to explore the spine for signs of misalignment. Then we can put together a specific treatment plan based on our findings.
If you have a suffering child, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Dr. Travis specializes in treating infant colic through gentle, drug-free chiropractic therapy.
Call 918-224-2225 today to schedule your free consultation!