If you are living with a newborn baby at home, or if you ever have, you know that the crazy schedule of a newborn can lead to many sleepless nights. If you suspect that on top of the normal amount of crying, you think your baby might be experiencing colic, chiropractic might be able to help. Many people say that there is nothing to do to treat colic –you just need to wait it out. If you feel that you are open to trying anything to get your baby to stop crying read on about this natural treatment that doesn’t expose your baby to any prescription drugs.
How Do You Know If It’s Colic?
The difference between a baby who is expressing themselves and those that have colic is pretty blatant –a baby with colic cries constantly. They can cry for hours at a time and it seems that no matter how much you soothe, rock, or hold them nothing helps. If you think that you child might be experiencing colic check out this possible symptoms:
- Besides the crying, the baby is healthy
- Extreme crying that may begin about the same time daily
- Constant crying may start a few weeks after birth and will continue over the first several months of life
- The baby’s face may become red
- The baby may constrict muscles in the abdomen while tightening their fists and holding the legs against the chest
Colic can be a very scary thing to deal with as a parent and might have you questioning if the colic was a result of something you did. Know that you did nothing wrong and did not cause your baby to get colic. It may feel like the colic was your fault but a quarter of all babies born get colic and, no matter how hard it is to believe now, the colic will go away. Both you and your baby will see relief.
What Does Cause Colic?
Some doctors used to think that the cause of colic was because the child had a digestive system that was faulty or underdeveloped. Other professionals thought that colic was a result of babies receiving formula. Why babies get colic is not something that is known but new research continues. Currently, it is thought that colic might be related to a baby’s temperament and personality. The thought it that the baby has a difficult time coping with an average amount of stimulation that happens in the surrounding environment; this might also be referred to as an immature nervous system. Each baby has a different personality as you can see by how some babies cry for long periods of time or how some babies become scared easily. As babies grow their personalities also grow which is suspect to why babies outgrow colic.
Treatment with Medication
Medications are available that are meant to help your baby find relief from the symptoms of colic. These medications could possibly cause side effects that could be harmful for your baby. Medications are not always effective, especially because they are meant to treat only the symptoms of the colic and they ignore the possible cause. Chiropractic could be the natural solution for your baby that you are looking for.
Chiropractors Treat All Ages
You’re not alone if you think that chiropractors treat adults, not babies. Actually, chiropractic treatment has been shown to be highly successful in treating various conditions in children and infants. A chiropractor works with the spine, no matter how big or small the spine may be, and works to help the nervous system to function properly. The spine houses the nervous system and transfers messages from the brain to the other parts of the body. The messages sent through the nervous system help to control the blood flow, the muscles movement, and the functioning of the nerves. If the spine becomes unaligned then those messages are disrupted and other parts of the body could be affected.
Our Top Rated Chiropractors
Chiropractors address the cause of your symptoms not just the symptoms themselves. Our Top Rated Chiropractors are educated about how precise and gentle adjustments could help you. Each treatment is unique and tailored towards the needs of the individual. Each person is unique so why shouldn’t your treatment be unique too? Our Top Rated Chiropractors may use a combination of nutrition, equipment, and manual adjustments to treat your needs. First our chiropractors will have a consultation with you and your baby to discuss your needs. The chiropractor will use x-rays and other techniques to examine your baby’s spine to determine if chiropractic is the best treatment. Chiropractic is not a cure and you should not assume treatment will work. The results of treatment differ with each individual.
If you think that chiropractic may be a good treatment for your baby, contact one of our Top Rated Chiropractors to set up a consultation.