Chiropractic Care Naturally Treats Colic
Colic is defined as inconsolable crying in an infant for at least three hours a day, at least three days a week, for at least three weeks. A colicky baby typically presents with a loud piercing cry, flexed legs, tensed abdominal muscles, and clenched fingers. It typically starts around three weeks of age and lasts until around three months but sometimes lasts for as long as six months. Approximately 10-20% of babies are affected by colic. The stress and frustration of trying to soothe a colicky baby may interfere with mother-baby bonding and can increase the risk of postpartum depression. Despite the research done on colic there is no known cause, which can make treatment difficult. Chiropractic care has shown some of the best results, with 94% of colicky babies demonstrating improvement with chiropractic adjustments within just a few treatments.
Another study with 316 children also showed significant improvement in colic in response to chiropractic care. The three month long study showed a "satisfactory result of spinal manipulative therapy in 94% of the cases". The improvements occurred after an average of only three adjustments within two weeks.
Chiropractic care is a conservative, gentle, and very successful option for treating infants with colic. Chiropractic adjustments for infants are specific, gentle, and safe. Dr. Herndon is certified to work with pediatric patients, some of our youngest patients are just a few hours old! Chiropractic is a safe and non-invasive option to use when dealing with a colicky infant! Call our office at 615-527-7960 for more info!