Pediatric Chiropractic Care For Colic

by Administrator 21. October 2016 02:28

Colic, also termed as ‘Infantile Colic’ is a condition that affects babies typically in the second or third week after birth. It is characterized by repeated episodes of crying, usually for more than three hours per day. It is a common condition and can affect up to three out of ten babies. However, Colic does not interfere in the baby’s development as it tends to settle down after a period of three to four months.

What Causes Baby Colic?

The exact cause of Baby Colic is not known. The following are some of the factors that may lead to the condition:

  • Mood swings
  • Environmental changes
  • Underdeveloped digestive system
  • Overstimulation by noise or light
  • Immature nervous system
  • Stomach pain 
  • Other causes may include Allergies, lactose intolerance, Infant Acid Reflux etc.

Signs & Symptoms

  • A baby with Colic cries in a pitch higher than normal
  • Flexes his legs, clenches the fist
  • Bloated stomach
  • Periodic fussiness
  • Crying bout generally occurs in the evening or at night.
  • Increased bowel movement
  • Change in sleeping habit
  • Face gets flushed or red

Treatment

Although there is no permanent treatment for Colic, the symptoms can be reduced with chiropractic adjustments. It is recommended to consult a pediatric chiropractor if the crying is uncontrollable. Based on the duration, intensity, pattern of crying, he may identify the root cause of the condition (infection, food allergies, hormonal imbalance etc.) and devise a treatment plan accordingly.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

According to the chiropractors, appropriate nerve supply is essential to ensure proper functioning of all the systems in the body. Vertebral subluxation can cause disruption in the nervous system causing discomfort and lead to conditions like Colic. Chiropractic care can help to establish proper alignment of the vertebrae which can relive the symptoms.

A chiropractor uses gentle adjustments to restore proper nervous system functioning of the baby. As the treatment does not involve the use of over-the-counter or prescription medications, they are no side effects caused.

Listed below are some of the benefits of chiropractic for Colicky babies:

  • It helps to address the problem of an immature nervous system as well as nerve dysfunction which inhibits the flow of signals and information from the brain to the digestive tract.
  • It reduces the stress caused to the baby by external factors such as sound and light
  • The affected infants show improvement within just 2-3 chiropractic sessions. There is a significant decrease in the amount of crying  which helps in getting a sound sleep
  • The baby’s spine may get slightly misaligned during the birthing process. Stimulations and manipulations done by the chiropractors can help to realign the vertebrae and ease the symptoms
  • It helps to relieve stiffness in the babies’ joints which could be a cause of irritation and pain
  • With the help of chiropractic care normal functioning of the infant’s spine can be restored

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, offer chiropractic care for Colic and other pediatric conditions such as acid reflux, infections, digestive problems etc. The chiropractors have extensive experience in using spinal manipulation and other techniques to improve the strength and flexibility of the spine. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors in Harker Heights, TX, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600.

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