It can be incredibly difficult when your baby is crying for hours on end and it doesn’t seem like there is anything you can do. In reality, all babies cry; however, those who have a colicky baby know there is something not right when the baby cries for hours on end and nothing seems to calm him or her. Signs of a colicky baby include intense bouts of crying, clenching fists, pulling knees to their stomach, or arching their back while crying. A Google search will yield many different types of simple home remedies and medical treatments that may or may not provide relief. Chiropractic, on the other hand, has been proven as both effective and safe in treating colic. Several studies have shown that chiropractic brings about significant improvement in colicky babies, both short-term and long-term.
In one study, infants younger than 8 weeks were randomized into 3 different groups. Either the infant was treated and the parents were aware, the infant was treated and the parents were unaware, or the infant was not treated and the parents were unaware. This was done to reduce the risk of bias on the parent’s part. Over the course of 10 days, parents kept a crying journal. Those who received chiropractic care had a significant reduction in the crying times of their babies. While several factors contribute to colic, crying is the most common and most extreme issue, and a reduction of crying means significant improvement in both mental and physical health of the parents and more sleep for everyone in the household, leading to an overall better quality of life.
How Colic Can Affect Your Baby in the Long Run
Less documented are the problems that can occur if colic is left untreated. Infants who suffer from colic that is not treated generally became toddlers with other issues. They are more likely to suffer from waking at nighttime and having severe temper tantrums well into their second and third years. However, the children that received chiropractic care on a regular basis noticed a two-fold difference in their babies’ sleep, which positively affected them both immediately and for years to come. If you or a loved one has a baby suffering from colic, be sure to see your Rochester Hills chiropractor so you can get back to a good night’s rest and regain control over your days.
When it comes to adjusting infants, Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan use a very light touch to help restore your baby’s spinal health. Once your baby’s nerve interference is cleared, the signs and symptoms of colic will begin to disappear. Call Vitality Precision Chiropractic today to see what chiropractic can do for you and your family.