How to Prevent Colic

In this article: What Is Colic? | Causes of Colic | What Not to Do | Is Chiropractic Gentle Enough for Babies?

This page has been reviewed by Choose Natural’s Chiropractic Advisory Board.

In this article: What Is Colic? | Causes of Colic | What Not to Do | Is Chiropractic Gentle Enough for Babies?

This page has been reviewed by Choose Natural’s Chiropractic Advisory Board.

How to Prevent Colic in Infants

babyAs a soon to be parent, you’re probably envisioning all of the precious moments to come with your little one. What you may not be considering is a colicky baby that can’t be soothed.

If you’re wondering how to prevent colic in the first place, consider all-natural chiropractic care. Surprised?

Pediatric Chiropractic care works by restoring the bodies ability to heal itself – in an infant, just a small, gentle adjustment is often all that’s needed to bring their spine into proper alignment.

Google around and you’ll find stories of babies who haven’t slept more than an hour at a time suddenly snoozing almost instantly after their first chiropractic appointment.

Another benefit? More sleep for mom and dad, too.

What is Colic?

Science classifies colic as uncontrollable crying that lasts for more than 3-4 hours at a time, though new parents may classify colic as the loss of sleep forever.

When you’ve got a colicky baby, there are a number of remedies you can try – rocking the baby, feeding more, feeding less, taking the baby for a ride in the car or a carriage, placing the baby in an infant seat on top of the clothes dryer, running the vacuum, white noise, soft music, low lighting, noise reduction – but often, the crying continues.

Infant colic symptoms include any one or more of the following:

  • Long periods of crying usually begin when the infant is two-three weeks old and last until three months of age or even longer
  • An inability for anyone to console the infant, despite all efforts to soothe him or her
  • Infant posture that may include clenching of the fists, a distended stomach, gas, drawn-up legs
  • Most medical professionals will confirm an infant colic diagnosis when these symptoms are present and they have ruled out the possibility that any other medical condition exists.

Your baby’s medical doctor may have suggested prescription or over-the-counter medications to help you deal with the colic and to ease your baby’s pain, but there’s always a risk of unwanted side effects when ingesting medicine–especially in such a small infant.

That’s why many parents turn to safe and natural chiropractic care.

Causes of Colic

Many infants with colic suffer from nerve interference because of the birth process itself.

During delivery, a great deal of pressure may be exerted on an infant’s fragile neck and spine. If any type of delivery assistance, including forceps, is used, the pressure can be so great that it causes the spine to become misaligned and the misplaced bones interrupt normal nerve function to many different parts of the body.

Although there is a great deal of debate regarding the causes of colic, many colicky babies who receive chiropractic care soon find relief from their colic symptoms, as do their very grateful parents.

What Not to Do with Your Colicky Infant

While you may receive many suggestions from caring friends, family and your baby’s doctor about what to try for colic relief, some solutions are definitely not an option:

  • Never shake a crying baby, ever, no matter how frustrated and out-of-control you feel. Shaking a baby can cause permanent brain injury and even death. Put the baby down in a safe place and take a walk, call a friend, or do something for yourself until you feel in control again.
  • Do not blame yourself for your baby’s colic. It is not your fault; you didn’t cause it, you’re not incompetent and you certainly are not a bad parent because your baby has infant colic.
  • Do not lose your sanity. Keep in mind that “This too shall pass, ” and the colic will end. Invest in a good babysitter or alternate caregiver and take care of you!

What is Colic?

Science classifies colic as uncontrollable crying that lasts for more than 3-4 hours at a time, though new parents may classify colic as the loss of sleep forever.

When you’ve got a colicky baby, there are a number of remedies you can try – rocking the baby, feeding more, feeding less, taking the baby for a ride in the car or a carriage, placing the baby in an infant seat on top of the clothes dryer, running the vacuum, white noise, soft music, low lighting, noise reduction – but often, the crying continues.

Infant colic symptoms include any one or more of the following:

  • Long periods of crying usually begin when the infant is two-three weeks old and last until three months of age or even longer
  • An inability for anyone to console the infant, despite all efforts to soothe him or her
  • Infant posture that may include clenching of the fists, a distended stomach, gas, drawn-up legs
  • Most medical professionals will confirm an infant colic diagnosis when these symptoms are present and they have ruled out the possibility that any other medical condition exists.

Your baby’s medical doctor may have suggested prescription or over-the-counter medications to help you deal with the colic and to ease your baby’s pain, but there’s always a risk of unwanted side effects when ingesting medicine–especially in such a small infant.

That’s why many parents turn to safe and natural chiropractic care.

Causes of Colic

Many infants with colic suffer from nerve interference because of the birth process itself.

During delivery, a great deal of pressure may be exerted on an infant’s fragile neck and spine. If any type of delivery assistance, including forceps, is used, the pressure can be so great that it causes the spine to become misaligned and the misplaced bones interrupt normal nerve function to many different parts of the body.

Although there is a great deal of debate regarding the causes of colic, many colicky babies who receive chiropractic care soon find relief from their colic symptoms, as do their very grateful parents.

What Not to Do with Your Colicky Infant

While you may receive many suggestions from caring friends, family and your baby’s doctor about what to try for colic relief, some solutions are definitely not an option:

  • Never shake a crying baby, ever, no matter how frustrated and out-of-control you feel. Shaking a baby can cause permanent brain injury and even death. Put the baby down in a safe place and take a walk, call a friend, or do something for yourself until you feel in control again.
  • Do not blame yourself for your baby’s colic. It is not your fault; you didn’t cause it, you’re not incompetent and you certainly are not a bad parent because your baby has infant colic.
  • Do not lose your sanity. Keep in mind that “This too shall pass, ” and the colic will end. Invest in a good babysitter or alternate caregiver and take care of you!

Is Pediatric Chiropractic Gentle Enough for a Baby?

Absolutely. In fact, your practitioner will happily show you the amount of force required to adjust an infant’s spine – it’s often no more than you would use to check the ripeness of a tomato. There is no “cracking” sound either – think of it as a gentle massage for your baby.

Prevent Colic Before it Starts

If you’re wondering how to prevent colic, we can help. Give your child the best start in life by choosing natural chiropractic care after their birth. If you’re looking for a chiropractor in your area, simply use our helpful directory to locate a practitioner and book your first visit. You could be saving you (and your baby) from countless sleepless nights.

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