Being the parent of an infant is a wonderful privilege, but if your baby suffers from colic your new found joy may quickly be replaced with feelings of helplessness and frustration.
Symptoms of colic in an otherwise healthy baby are described as periods of prolonged irritability, fussiness and inconsolable crying that lasts at least three hours a day, at least three days a week. While nearly all infants experience times of unexplained fussiness, colic escalates “fussiness” to a whole new level.
The good news is that colic is very treatable through gentle chiropractic adjustments.
In a study of healthy babies who were diagnosed with colic, chiropractic adjustments were administered to correct misalignments in the infant’s spines. After just two weeks of chiropractic treatment, 94 percent of parents reported that their infants experienced fewer episodes of inconsolable crying and irritability. Of these babies, over fifty percent of them had been previously treated with medication to alleviate the symptoms of colic, but to no avail.
In another study, over 90 percent of the infants experienced a major decline in episodes of colic after just two chiropractic adjustments.
The root of colic behavior can be traced back to the birthing process. As the baby is being born it experiences tremendous pressure and strain on the neck and spine. A prolonged time of “pushing” or extraction with forceps or vacuum multiplies the pressure placed on the baby’s delicate spinal column. During this time it is common for vertebrae in the neck and back to shift out of place, causing pain and discomfort (as well as a plethora of other health issues) that provokes a baby to become irritable, fussy and cry for hours on end.
The good news is that through simple and gentle chiropractic adjustments, an infant’s spine can be realigned, delivering much needed relief to both baby and parent.
It’s never too early to have your child checked and adjusted for misalignments in the spine. It’s a healthy practice that will help your child grow and develop to their fullest potential.
[Source: www.colichelp.com, article “Chiropractic: Can It Help Ease Colic?” at www.parenting.iVillage.com]