Babies who suffer from colic have chronic stomach aches, headaches, sleeplessness and irritability. The result is almost ceaseless crying, which is frustrating for parents and the child.
Originally believed to be indigestion, colic is sometimes caused by distortions in the baby’s upper cervical spine. A difficult birth is often the culprit.
A 1999 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics showed that 1/2 of the 50 infants in the program were given medication and the other half received spinal manipulation. After 2 weeks, the babies who received spinal care had a 67% reduction in crying, while the drug therapy patients had a 38% reduction.
There are not many large-scale research studies about colic and typically, the problem resolves itself over time. However, colicky babies with spinal issues often demonstrate dramatic improvement.
Although chiropractic intervention is not a cure for colic, babies who exhibit spine subluxation can benefit from this type of care.
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