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Condition – Colic

Quick links for Spinal Conditions:
Addictions, ADHD, Allergies, Asthma, Bedwetting, Carpal Tunnel, Colic,
Ear Infection, Extremities/Joints, Headaches, Neck Pain, PMS, Stress.

Chiropractic IS NOT a treatment for Colic.

Your tummy hurts. You have a terrible headache. You can’t sleep and you’re cranky. One more thing: you can’t ask for help because you’re only two weeks old! So you cry. And cry. And cry. And your parents feel helpless.

Lacking the ability to speak, newborns cry, indicating that something isn’t right.

Lacking the ability to speak, newborns cry, indicating that something isn’t right.

Indigestion?
Infantile colic was first thought to be merely indigestion. The most widely accepted definition of colic today is ‘unexplainable and uncontrollable crying in babies from 0 to 3 months old, more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week for 3 weeks or more, usually in the afternoon and evening hours’.

Birth Trauma?
If a baby is inconsolable, it’s hard to know if it’s a digestive disturbance. Consider another explanation. Upon examination, we often find spinal distortions and subluxations in the baby’s upper cervical spine. These babies are probably suffering from head and neck pain. This is especially common if there was a difficult birth.

A 67% Reduction in Crying
The results of a randomised controlled trial published in the October 1999 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics tracked a small group of 50 infants. Half received the drug dimethicone and the other spinal manipulation. At the conclusion of the two-week study, the babies being adjusted saw a 67% reduction in crying and the drug therapy group saw a 38% reduction.

Case Studies
While large scale research results are lacking, and colic is considered a condition that resolves on its own with the passage of enough time, there are many case studies showing improvement, sometimes dramatic, among colicky babies with subluxations.

Appointments – Anthony Papaleo at East Bentleigh Health Group
884 Centre Road, East Bentleigh | (03) 9579 3999 | info@ebhg.com.au