Chiropractic Care for Babies with Colic & Acid Reflux
The First Major Hurdles of Parenthood
Colic usually begins between the third and sixth week after birth, but can definitely be earlier. Research says it may resolve itself after about three months but the three months between presentation and healing can be long and hard indeed.
A screaming, inconsolable baby can be a nightmare for new parents, but you have options. You don’t just have to wait it out. Often, a chiropractic approach can provide a solution.
What is colic?
To understand how a chiropractor can help your baby suffering from colic, it helps to understand what colic actually is.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, colic is caused by “an inability to regulate the nervous system.” This inability creates all manner of digestive problems, from acid reflux to bloating. If you’ve ever sat bolt upright in bed because of acid reflux, you know how painful it can be—and that’s in your grown, fully developed body. Imagine how uncomfortable these digestive symptoms are for your baby!
What are some of the symptoms of colic?
Aside from the aforementioned “rule of threes” which can help you spot a colic case, you can look for the following additional symptoms:
- The baby extends or pulls up his legs.
- The baby is passing a lot of gas.
When a baby is suffering from colic, his or her cries will also tend to sound more like screams. A colicky baby can thus take an enormous toll on the entire family.
How can chiropractic care help babies with colic?
Oue chiropractic approach helps your baby by correcting the problems that are preventing their nervous system from regulating their digestive system correctly. We use a state-of-the-art scan that shows us exactly what’s going on and where the areas of stress are. Let’s be clear, there is no guesswork going on here at the Elevated Health Center.
We then use the information from the scan to make very soft, very gentle, and very careful adjustments. Often, your child’s spine will develop problems both prenatally, and during the birthing process. These spinal problems then interfere with the baby’s nervous system.
Correcting subluxations in the baby’s spinal area removes the interference that feeds your baby’s digestive system. This allows the baby’s digestive system to heal naturally. Babies find relief as all begins to function exactly as it should.
In most cases, we can completely eliminate symptoms of colic with a few adjustments. This is one of the best investments you can make, as you’ll be able to bond better with your baby after enjoying a full night’s sleep, and after knowing you’ve done all you can to heal or eliminate your baby’s pain.
Is chiropractic care really safe for babies?
First, we’re not exaggerating when we say we use gentle pressure to make these adjustments. It’s roughly the same amount of pressure you might use when testing a piece of produce for ripeness at the store. We do not make adjustments to children or babies the same way we make adjustments to adult spines.
Second, studies show that providing pediatric chiropractic care to infants can result in a dramatic decrease in crying and other colic symptoms. Using chiropractic care for colic does not often receive mainstream attention, but from time-to-time reputable news outlets do cover the real results that this level of care is capable of delivering.
Is chiropractic care a better option than gas drops or other medications?
That’s up to you, but you should know your baby’s digestive system hasn’t developed fully yet. There are a few studies which suggest gas drops and acid blockers are not a very effective way to treat colic, and there is always the risk that any medication might cause side effects.
Many of the parents who come into our office have already tried conventional medication without seeing any results. Often, we’re able to help when all else has failed.
As chiropractors, our goal is not to tell you to steer clear of conventional medications at all costs. Our goal is to help you understand that you have some options when it comes to your baby’s care. We simply suggest that you should become educated on the pros and cons of all of your options and make the decision that seems right for you and your family.
Get relief for your beloved baby. Schedule an appointment with Elevated Health Center today.
Call Elevated Health Center if you’re at your wits end. We’re here to help your baby become healthier, happier, stress-free, and pain free.