Can Chiropractic Ease Colic for Fussy Babies?
Does your baby seem unusually fussy? Do they cry for no apparent reason, even after eating, sleeping, being changed, and being held or rocked? No matter what you do, nothing seems to help. If this describes your baby, your little one may be suffering from colic. Colic is defined as comfortless crying in a baby that can last for hours or days. Colic usually starts around the age of 3 weeks and typically lasts until about 3 months, but it can last up to 6 months in some instances. As a parent, you may feel incredibly helpless, but know that there is hope with chiropractic care.
How Do I Know If My Baby Has Colic?
Statistics show that 10-20% of babies may suffer from colic. Not much is known about colic, although it is thought that colic may be caused by poor digestion or stomach discomfort. There are several common signs among infants that can be indicators of colic. For example, colicky babies tend to clench the abdominal muscles, flex their legs, or ball up their hands in fists while crying. No amount of comfort, rocking, bouncing, singing, or consoling can calm a colicky baby. While there is no known cure for colic, there are methods for managing colic, including natural and safe chiropractic care from a Norcross chiropractor.
Chiropractic Care for Colic Relief
Some simple changes for colicky babies, such as a change in diet or holding in different positions, can make a difference, but this may not work in every situation. Medication is also a method for managing colic, but medications come with risks. Additionally, they only offer short-term relief. Thankfully, chiropractic care is a safe and effective method for treating colic that is a long-term solution. Babies may have spinal misalignments, especially immediately after birth. These spinal misalignments can cause nerve interference that disrupts the natural flow and function of the body and leads to chaos, including digestion issues or stomach pains. Gentle adjustments from Norcross chiropractor Dr. Esther Widjaja will correct spinal misalignments to remove nerve interference and restore the body’s proper function. For many frustrated parents, regular chiropractic care has given them back their healthy, happy baby.
If you are new to chiropractic care, then it can seem like a foreign method for addressing issues such as digestion and colic. But it works! Case studies have been conducted to demonstrate the link between the health of the spine and the health of the baby. One case study looked at two groups of babies with colic. One received chiropractic care and the other group did not. The group that received chiropractic care showed significant improvements. They cried less during the day and slept better at night. This healthy trend even carried on into the toddler stage as those who underwent chiropractic care still slept better at night and were less likely to throw fits. Another study also found that out of 104 babies, those who received chiropractic care decreased crying during the day significantly. For overwhelmed and stressed out parents, this is great news!
If your baby is inconsolable during the day and doesn’t sleep well at night, consider chiropractic care. Contact Dr. Esther Widjaja of Phoenix Chiropractic to set up a consultation today.
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