Chiropractic Care Can Help Relieve Colic In Infants
One of the most trying times as a parent is getting through the night with a crying, inconsolable newborn. We know they’re in pain, we want to help, we try to help, but nothing we do seems to comfort them or stop the crying. It affects the infant, the household, and the family setting.
Colic is when a newborn baby cries for up to three hours or more, usually at night, and usually lasts for three months. The birth is a traumatic event for a newborn. Their head and neck are rotated and pulled on as the baby is birthed. This causes the bones of the neck and spine to become out of alignment and leads to muscle or ligament pain, discomfort in the abdomen, and tension headaches.
Chiropractic care can help by evaluating the cervical spine and lower back for areas that aren’t moving as they should and then we gently create mobility in those movements. The second that happens, the nervous system resets so we have a balance between the parasympathetic and the sympathetic nervous systems. We generally see colic resolved in 3 to 5 visits and suggest a round of probiotics to help comfort and restore their gut.