All babies cry sometimes, such as when they are tired, hungry, or have a dirty diaper, but some babies cry for long periods of time without stopping. Babies who cry inconsolably for long amounts of time throughout the day may be suffering from colic. Colicky babies will often flex their legs, tense their abs, and clench their fists while they cry long, piercing cries that no amount of comforting or rocking can help. While most cases of colic seem to begin at around three weeks of age and end around three months of age, some cases can last longer. If you suspect your baby suffers from colic, it may be time to seek care from a Bentonville chiropractor.
Why Choose Chiropractic Care for a Colicky Baby?
Colic has no known cause, so it can be difficult to treat. Most doctors will recommend medications, different positions for holding baby, or trying to cut certain foods out of your diet and the baby’s diet. However, you may also want to consider chiropractic care for your infant. Pediatric chiropractic adjustments have been shown to significantly decrease colic symptoms in babies. A study on colicky babies split the babies into two groups. One group was treated with pediatric chiropractic adjustments while the other group was not. Colicky babies who received gentle chiropractic adjustments on a consistent basis were twice as likely to sleep better at night and cry less during the day as those who did not receive chiropractic adjustments. This pattern also carried over into the toddler stage as many parents of those who did not receive chiropractic care reported tantrums and interrupted sleep patterns while those who did receive chiropractic adjustments did not report as many instances of tantrums or sleep problems.
Chiropractic Care for Babies
Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemala is gentle and conservative in his approach to chiropractic care for babies. While many are concerned that adjustments on babies can be harmful or damaging, nothing could be further from the truth. Pediatric chiropractors take care to apply gentle pressure and light impulses to the baby’s spine. Light adjustments restore motion to stiff or locked-up joints, resulting in better overall body function and improved comfort for babies.
Dr. Tom Niemala at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic will carefully perform an adjustment on your baby to remove nerve interference. Nerve interference has been known to cause stomach pain or disturbances to the abdominal organs and intestines. The spine and central nervous system work together to improve overall body health. Restoring function to baby’s central nervous system and spine will reduce or dissolve the symptoms of colic. Often times, mothers have reported immediate relief as their baby will lie peaceful and content in mom’s arms after an adjustment. Another study reported that out of 104 colicky babies, those receiving consistent chiropractic care saw a drastic decrease in the amount of time spent crying each day. If you suspect your baby has colic, call Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemala to discuss a care plan for pediatric chiropractic at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.
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Miller, J.E., Newell, D., Bolton, J.E. “Efficacy of Chiropractic Manual Therapy on Infant Colic: A Pragmatic Single-Blind, Randomized Controlled Trial.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2012 Oct; 35(8): 600-607. https://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(12)00161-3/abstract?code=ymmt-site.