What is Colic?

  • What is Colic?

    What is colic?

    Colic is diagnosed when an infant cries for more than 3 hours for more than 3 days a week for more than 3 weeks Like so many conditions, the diagnostic criteria are “made up.” If you have an unhappy infant who was only crying for 2 and a half hours a day instead of 3, we would still encourage you to seek help.

    An infant that is unable to be soothed is very distressing.  It can bring about feeling of inadequacy, guilt and failure in tired and grumpy parents.  As well as this it can lead to marital tension, social disruption and even child abuse. 

    How is colic treated?

    If you are a parent with a colicy infant reading this then you are probably aware that medical treatment does not work very well  Medics don’t really know what causes it. Many parents come into the office having tried Gripe Water, Infants Friend and perhaps a range of reflux medications, all with very limited success.

    Parents often get told that their infants will simply “grow out of it.” This growth seems to take a long time when you are holding a distressed infant in your arms. As such, motivated and sleep deprived parents are seeking other options for their crying infants. Chiropractic care is one of the more popular ones.

    Why Chiropractic?

    In a 2012 randomised controlled trial on infants with colic it was demonstrated that babies who received chiropractic cried significantly less than those in the control group who did not receive chiropractic care.  We are talking about one and a half hours of less crying per day after 10 days compared with the babies that received no chiropractic care! 

    Is it safe?

    Yes.  Many studies have looked at the safety of chiropractic care for children and infants (4-6.) These studies overwhelmingly suggest you need not have any safety concerns.  Chiropractic can be safely applied to people of all ages, even babies and the seriously old.  Adverse events in children are very rare and usually involve short periods of muscle soreness or irritability.

    Share this with friends and family who have colicy babies as chiropractic care can make a huge difference.  Call the office on 94781777 to book an appointment or to request a chat with one of our friendly chiropractors.

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    4. Alcantara et al. J Explore (NY) 2009;5(5):209-5
    5. Todd et al. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2014.
    6. Doyle. J Clinical Chiropractic 2011;14(3):97-105