When your child cries for hours on end, it can be heart-rending and maddening—particularly when you feel powerless to help. Chiropractic care in our Sea Girt, NJ office offers hope to parents of infants suffering with colic.
Described as uncontrollable crying for extended periods of time, colic can be an extremely frustrating condition for new parents. Colic usually affects otherwise healthy and happy newborns between birth and the age of three to four months. The symptoms, which may include incessant crying and fussiness, most often occur in the afternoon or evening, although this varies between sufferers. Each patient generally experiences colic symptoms at a certain time of day.
While the medical community has not reached a consensus on the cause of colic, a predominant theory is that abnormal stomach and intestinal bacterial may be affecting the breakdown of food, leading to abdominal cramping, excessive gas, and pain.
Colic and Chiropractic
Spinal misalignment may also explain the symptoms of colic. When such misalignments—which are known as subluxations—wreak havoc on the nervous system of a developing baby, a number of health conditions may occur, including colic.
There has been an increase in spinal conditions (and childhood disorders and illnesses) due to the proliferation of caesarian delivery. As such, many children are born with injuries that are not immediately apparent but will present at a later time as colic, bedwetting issues, allergies , or even Attention Deficit Disorder. Other traumas that can cause spinal subluxation include falls from a crib, bed, or changing table. Even normal tumbles when learning to walk can cause damage to the soft tissues of the spine.
Any misalignment in the spine can affect the body’s nerves, thereby influencing the entire nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for every function of the body, including those of the intestinal tract. In order to return the body to normal functioning, interference in the nervous system must be fixed. This is the purpose of chiropractic care in the treatment of colic—not to minimize symptoms, but to fix what is causing symptoms.