Chiropractic Care for Infant Colic: A Parents’ Guide

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If you are a parent dealing with a colicky baby, you definitely know how challenging it can be! Infant colic is characterized by excessive crying, fussiness, and irritability in otherwise healthy babies. It can be distressing for both babies and parents, leading to sleepless nights and a lot of frustration. 

While there is no definitive cure for colic, chiropractic care has shown promising results in helping alleviate the symptoms. In this guide, we will explore how chiropractic care can benefit infants with colic and provide some essential information for parents.

What is Infant Colic?

Infant colic is a condition that generally affects babies during the first few months of life. It is defined as uncontrollable crying, lasting for three hours or more a day, at least three days a week, for three weeks or longer. The exact cause of colic is unknown, but it is believed to be related to gastrointestinal discomfort or sensitivity, as well as nervous system immaturity.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Infant Colic?

Chiropractic care for infant colic focuses on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. Chiropractors understand that misalignments in the spine, known as subluxations, can interfere with the proper functioning of the nervous system.

By performing extremely gentle spinal adjustments, chiropractors can restore proper alignment and alleviate any nerve pressure.

Since the spine and nervous system control all other eight systems in the body, having this system run as efficiently as possible can positively affect overall health, and positively impact many bodily functions.

Research suggests that chiropractic care can help improve colic symptoms by reducing stress on the nervous system and promoting overall wellness. Chiropractic adjustments are safe and gentle for infants, involving light pressure and soft touches to the spine.

What to Expect During a Chiropractic Visit for Your Infant

During your baby’s chiropractic visit, the chiropractor will perform a thorough examination to assess the spine and nervous system. They will ask you questions about your baby’s health history, feeding habits, and behavior patterns. It is not unusual that during childbirth, a doctor/nurse/midwife puts 30-40 lbs of pressure on a newborn’s head and neck.

This pressure can cause vertebrae to move ever so slightly out of normal position, putting pressure on the nerves exiting from that area of the spine. A properly trained chiropractor can realign the spine back into a normal position using gentle techniques, such as fingertip pressure, to move the vertebrae back into place. The baby often sleeps through the entire treatment. 

Finding a Qualified Chiropractor for Your Infant

When seeking chiropractic care for your baby, it’s important to find a chiropractor who has a great deal of experience treating infants. 

Here are a few things to look for when searching for a chiropractor for your baby:

  • Experience

Ask the chiropractor how many infants they have treated in the past. You want to find someone who has experience working with babies and who is familiar with the unique needs of infants.

  • Recommendations

Ask your doctor or other trusted healthcare providers for recommendations for chiropractors who have experience in pediatric care. You can also ask other parents who have had positive experiences with chiropractic care for colic or other children’s health conditions.

  • References

Feel free to ask the chiropractor for parent references. 

Once you’ve found a few chiropractors who meet your criteria, schedule an appointment to meet with each one. This will give you a chance to ask questions and see if they are a good fit for you and your baby. While you are there, look around. The office should have obvious signs that they treat children, such as a children’s play area, and other children in the office. 

It’s important to note that chiropractic care is not a treatment for colic. However, it often helps to reduce the frequency and severity of your baby’s crying. 

Is Chiropractic Care Effective for Colic?

While infant colic can be a challenging time for both babies and parents, chiropractic care offers a potential solution for alleviating symptoms. By addressing misalignments in the spine and reducing nerve interference, chiropractic adjustments may help improve the health and well-being of infants with colic. 

Remember to consult with a qualified chiropractor who has extensive experience in pediatric care to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the treatment. With patience and support, you can find ways to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of colic and provide comfort for your little one during this phase of your baby’s early development.

About the Author

Dr. David A. Shapiro
Dr. David Shapiro, DC, CEO of Complete Spine Solutions

A graduate of Life University, School of Chiropractic 1993 (4600 postgraduate hours). Board certified licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. Passed 3 national board tests and the state of Georgia board examination. Also certified in therapeutic modalities.

Advanced Certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics, the most evidence-based technique in chiropractic. He’s been in private practice for over 25 years.

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