Colic Research


The word “colic” can instill fear in parents of new babies as it is associated with inconsolable crying for long periods of time even after being fed, changed, and rocked.  If you are a parent of a colicky infant, know that you are not alone.  On average, 25% of babies experience symptoms of colic.  While no specific cause of colic is known, it is thought to be caused from abdominal pain or gastrointestinal issues.  A colicky baby will often tense their abs, flex their legs, and clench their fists as they cry.  While this can be physically and emotionally hard on parents of a colicky infant, know that chiropractic care has been shown to be effective in relieving symptoms of colic.

Methods for Managing Colic

Not many treatments are available for colic as it is known to be a self-resolving problem that usually corrects itself when an infant is about 3 months old, although some cases can last longer.  Some parents will turn to prescription medication, diet change, or different holding positions in an effort to bring about relief for an infant suffering from colic.  However, not all methods work, and medications can come with the risk of harmful side effects and only relieve symptoms for a small period of time. Chiropractic care has been shown to be a natural and safe method for managing colic symptoms without the risk of side effects.  Additionally, chiropractic care seeks to treat the root cause of colic instead of masking symptoms for short time.  In a study conducted of 50 infants with colic, half of the group received chiropractic care while the other half received prescription medication.  Nine infants on prescription medication had to be released from the study because their symptoms were only worsening instead of improving.  However, infants receiving chiropractic care showed […]