A recent story in the news was entitled, Colic: a Baby’s Most Painful Stage. In the story, colic is described as a nightmare:
“A baby just won’t stop crying. And the most annoying thing about it is that it happens most at night, when we expect them to be tenderly asleep. Colic is every mother’s dreaded period in babyhood. Unfortunately, it is natural.”
But is colic a natural stage every baby goes through?
Only about one in every 10 babies has the symptoms of colic. Which has been described as a baby crying for 3 hours a day, 3 days a week, for 3 weeks. Now of course this is not a hard and fast rule , but just a general guideline.
So if 90% of babies do not have the symptoms of colic, how can it be a natural stage?
Natural Remedy for Colic Symptoms
Colic is definitely not a natural stage, but natural relief is possible for babies with colic. Research is now supporting what thousands of parents had already experienced with their colicky babies.
For instance, Hipperson reported on a case study in which a 7-week old male infant was diagnosed with colic, reflux, and sleep disturbances. It was noted in the case history that this infant had a traumatic birth and went into distress during the final hour. The baby received upper cervical chiropractic care three times a week for three weeks. After the fourth visit, symptoms of colic significantly decreased and sleeping habits improved. After seven visits, the reflux had resolved.
The key aspect of this case study was the fact that the child had a traumatic birth. A traumatic birth can include cesarean section, forceps delivery, vacuum extraction, breech presentation, the use of drugs such as Pitocin or epidural injections and even cool just a significant pull or tug can be enough to misalign the upper neck and cause irritation to the nervous system via the brainstem.
This brain stem dysfunction can frequently lead to colic, acid reflux, ear infections and other common conditions seen in infants and toddlers.
In another study, Klougart et al conducted a prospective multicenter study involving 316 infants with colic. The study found 94% of the participants improved following upper cervical chiropractic care. These are two examples of the many studies which have shown the positive effect of upper cervical chiropractic adjustments for the condition of infantile colic.
In another study, Dr Erin Elster published a case series of 7 children with colic between the ages of 2 weeks, and 6 months, who all had been diagnosed by their pediatrician with colic. All 7 children were found to have an upper neck misalignment and were cared for utilizing an upper cervical chiropractic procedure designed to correct the underlying misalignment of the upper neck. The care took between 2 and 6 weeks and in 100% of cases the colic resolved completely.
What to Do Next
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Johnson Spinal Care and Associates are Apple Valley Upper Cervical Chiropractors trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Our NUCCA Clinic has helped many people find natural relief from post-concussion syndrome in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on our website at http://www.johnsonspinalcare.com
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