Do you have a newborn or infant that is suffering from colic? Have you searched night after night and tried every remedy to help fix the colic? Our Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation office offers chiropractic for colic infants in Red Bank, NJ. Infants that suffer from colic can benefit from Chiropractic Treatments that help align the spine.
One of the most frustrating situations for new parents is dealing with a child that is suffering from colic. Colic is a condition that affects newborns (usually up to three to four months) and can be described as uncontrollable crying for extended periods of time. This unexplained crying generally takes place during the afternoon or in the evening, usually at a specific time of day for each individual case.
There is no generally accepted explanation for colic. One theory holds that colic is related to abnormal stomach and intestinal bacteria. Bacteria plays a major role in digestion; a problem with bacteria may lead to issues in the breakdown of food and cause abdominal cramping, pain, and excessive gas production.
Colic & the Spine
Spinal misalignment is another explanation for colic. Newborns and infants are susceptible to physical trauma starting from the day they are born. High rates of intervention during the birthing process are one explanation for an increase in spinal concerns. Children born through caesarean delivery (or with forceps or vacuums) may suffer their first spinal issues at the very moment of birth. And many times, this trauma is subclinical. In other words, the apparent injuries are so subtle, that they are often undetected by the best physicians at the time of birth.
In addition to trauma experienced during birth, up to 50% of infants experience a fall from a bed, crib, or dressing table in the first year of life. Even hugs from enthusiastic older siblings can cause stress. In all of these cases, the neck (cervical) region of the spine can be injured and misaligned.
When you consider these factors, it’s not difficult to see how a baby could end up with spinal misalignments (subluxations). Any sort of irritation in the joints of the spine can affect the body’s nerves. This nerve interference can lead to altered functioning in every part of the body, including the intestinal tract.