Do you know of a new parent who doesn’t get much sleep these days? This is common with being a new parent, but sometimes there is an underlying cause behind the infant’s tears. Often, the baby may be diagnosed with a dis-ease termed “Colic”.
What is Colic?
Colic is described as periods of uncontrolled and unexplainable crying, lasting more than three hours a day, during the infant’s first three months of life. Other symptoms can include the baby bringing his/her knees up to the chest, clenched fists, and extension of the extremities. Colic is often very frustrating because there is no scientific evidence as to what causes it. Colic usually tends to disappear between the ages of three and six months.
Possible Causes of Colic Although no scientific evidence exists on the cause of colic, it is thought that allergies (especially to cow’s milk) play a role. The infant may be allergic to the cow’s milk protein present in the formula, or in the breast milk of the mother whose diet includes dairy products. Another possible cause of colic could be related to the birth trauma on the infant’s head, neck, or spine. The infant could have a vertebral subluxation that could be causing a wide range of effects on his/her body.
Colic and Chiropractic Chiropractic care has proven to be the quickest and most effective way to treat the symptoms of colic. Most results are noticed within two weeks of care, but there is usually great improvement after the first chiropractic adjustment.