It's normal for babies to have moments of fussiness when they're hungry or tired. But when your little one is regularly crying intensely for prolonged periods of time for seemingly no apparent reason it is known as colic. Colic can be frustrating and lead to feelings of helplessness for parents. Colic episodes are exhausting, and the exact cause of colic is unknown, though there are several factors that have been associated with the condition.
Fortunately, chiropractic intervention has shown to be effective in managing colic episodes by restoring balance to the infant's body through gentle manipulation, massage, and stretching.
Spinal misalignments can lead to a host of issues, all related to the nervous system. Pinched nerves can cause problems with digestion, stress, and even lead to early forms of childhood migraines. Gentle manipulations can realign your baby's spine and make sure their nervous system is functioning without interruption.
One of the most commonly agreed-upon causes of colic is an issue with digestion. Infant digestive systems are still developing, making them sensitive to even the most subtle disruptions. Chiropractic care can help ensure every aspect of your little one's body runs smoothly.
Many parents are hesitant to give their child medication, even when it has been approved by their doctor. Chiropractic therapy is an all-natural option to provide relief for your colicky infant, without relying on medications or prescriptions.
Colic is a common condition, most often affecting infants from the ages of 3 weeks to around 4 months. While it is completely normal for babies to be fussy, or to cry when they're hungry, tired, or need a diaper change, colic presents itself as frequent, prolonged episodes of intense, inconsolable crying and distress. However, knowing what the "normal" range for crying is can be a challenge, but colic is usually defined in 3's. Crying for 3 or more hours a day, 3 or more days a week, for 3 or more weeks is a sign that your little one is suffering from colic. The following are additional ways colic manifests:
predictable timing - e.g. episodes occurring every evening
facial discoloration - e.g. reddening of the face, pale skin around the mouth
bodily tension - e.g. stiffening of the arms or legs, or arching of the back