Is your baby crying constantly and sleeping very little? Are you pulling your hair out with concern? Infantile colic is a common condition affecting millions of families worldwide. It is characterized by unexplained constant episodes of uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby, and can be very stressful and scary for parents. The condition usually resolves in a few months, but sometimes those months can feel like years for parents who are not getting enough sleep and are stressed by the uncertainty that goes along with a crying baby. If you are a parent with a colicky baby, your solution may be a simple one.
The American Academy of Family Physicians recognizes infantile colic by the “rule of three”: crying for more than three hours per day, for more than three days per week, and for longer than three weeks in an infant who is well-fed and otherwise healthy. It occurs in approximately 10-40% of infants worldwide. The cause of infantile colic is not fully understood and therefore can be difficult to treat with usual medical treatment. Traditional treatments with drugs have not been shown to be effective. Studies, however, have suggested that colic is a neuro-developmental problem. This means that the colicky baby's nervous system may not be functioning or developing properly.
That's where chiropractic comes in! Chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive form of health care in which the spine is gently repositioned into proper alignment allowing the nervous system to function properly. The spine and skull house the most important parts of the nervous system: the central nervous system--the brain, spinal cord and the nervous system. When the spine is in proper alignment with the skull, the brain is allowed to communicate with the rest of the body through the nervous system. So when a colicky baby gets a spinal checkup and the spine is gently re-aligned, the nervous system is allowed to function properly and develop optimally, leading to a healthy, happy baby which also leads to happy, more rested parents! Help For Crying Baby Gilbert AZ
A recent case study published in 2012 described the resolution of infantile colic in a baby who was undergoing chiropractic care. The child was an 8 month old baby girl who experienced crying episodes of up to 5 hours at a time. She also experienced painful bowel movements and her crying episodes often lasted late into the night. The 8 month old started under chiropractic care. After the first visit, her mother saw improvements in her colic symptoms right away and her baby girl slept through the night for the first time since she was born! Four weeks after initiating chiropractic care, the parents reported a full resolution of their baby's colicky symptoms, stating that, “She is now a happy baby. She eats, sleeps and has regular bowel movements with no pain.”
If your baby is crying or constipated or getting ear infections, call today, 480-525-7841 and schedule your complimentary consultation. There is help! The doctors at Foresight Chiropractic, the valley’s premier Wellness Center are Board Certified Atlas Orthogonal upper cervical specialist and have been caring for mothers’ throughout their pregnancy and their newborns for over 17 years with very precise and gentle care. Give your children and yourself the gift of health—call today!