First and foremost Colic presents when a baby is constantly irritable, typically during the first few weeks following of life outside the wom. Sometimes this issue can linger all the way up past a few months or possibly longer yet. The most common sign of colic, is when a baby is crying consistently with no rhyme a reason. Babies become visibly uncomfortable, kicking, tightening of their little fists, and flailing around. It is so common that it is reported to close to one third of all babies suffer from it.
What are some causes for colic at such a young age, you may ask. Some are food allergies, constipation, gas. These issues can give rise to nerve dysfunction created by a subluxated vertebra (locked joint along the spine). How did they get this?! Honestly, it is pretty simple for them to get. It occurred at birth. Imagine how stressful the birthing process is on the mother, but then imagine that same stress of pull, twisting, suctioning your baby out. That is A LOT of pressure that was just applied on their so young and fragile spines (approximately 75 psi of pressure).
Now for the big question and answer. How can it be taken care. Well we obviously have our traditional ways, pharmaceuticals, whether it is applied to the skin or given orally, dietary modifications, wait it out until your baby "outgrows" it, or chiropractic adjustments. I know what you are thinking, how in the world do you expect me to allow a chiropractic to "snap" my child's back or neck like I have seen on YouTube. Well children adjust so much differently than adults. They have had their issue significantly less time, their joints are significantly more manipulative, allowing the chiropractor to use his/her pinky to adjust with no more pressure than one would apply to their eyeball.
Who needs some evidence on this thought process? Yes, I see you in the back there jumping up and down with your hand raised, "me, me, me". Well perfect, there was a study in 1989 published in The Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, where over a period of two weeks, 94% of the infants adjusted were showed positive results when compared with the other group of babies.
In the end, if your child is suffering from colic, please get them to the nearest and well trusted chiropractor in your area. After all, chiropractic is one of if not the safest forms of healthcare available.
- Dr Zach Beatty, DC