Approximately 10-20% of babies are affected by colic. Despite research done on colic there is no known cause, which can make treatment difficult. Chiropractic care has shown some of the best results, with 94% of colicky babies demonstrating improvement with chiropractic adjustments.
While there is not one particular known cause for colic – there are many speculated causes and some of these include: gas, constipation, lactose intolerance or food allergies. Another reason for colic may be the result of a structural weakness within the infant’s stomach/diaphragm area.
Treatment within mainstream medicine often includes drug therapy or simply waiting for your baby to outgrow this condition.
From a chiropractor’s perspective many of the resulting symptoms of colic may be due to nerve dysfunction, which results in poor communication between the nerves and digestive organs.
If nerve dysfunction is the primary problem that is causing the child’s colic then chiropractic adjustments could help relieve the colic symptoms. By adjusting the misaligned vertebrae, the nerve is then able to better “communicate” with the digestive organs allowing them to function properly.
Research on chiropractic care and colic has shown significant benefits over other treatments such as dietary changes, medication, and infant positioning. A randomized clinical trial published in 1999 in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that “Spinal manipulation is effective in relieving infantile colic”. For this study the researchers randomly assigned infants diagnosed with colic into two groups. One group received chiropractic care for two weeks and the other group was given the anti-gas medication dimethicone for two weeks. The babies in the chiropractic group showed a 67% decrease in crying while the babies on medication showed a 38% decrease in crying.
Want more information on chiropractic and colic? Please visit the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association website, which has 14 research articles on this very subject. Or, contact Core Chiropractic Clinic and we’d be happy to answer your questions!