Chiropractic and Colic

Crosby Chiropractic St. Peters

Chiropractic and Colic

Infant colic is not a disease but rather a condition defined by a collection of
symptoms. There is no specific test for colic but the symptoms themselves
will result in a colic diagnosis in an otherwise healthy baby.
Colic is generally diagnosed in a baby that cries vigorously for long periods,
despite all efforts at consolation. Starting around 2 to 4 weeks of age, colic
generally peaks at 2 months, subsiding after 3 to 4 months and resolving
by 6 months. Colic begins and ends abruptly often around the same of time
of day, after meal times, in the late afternoon or evening.
In 1954, pediatrician Morris Wessel introduced the modern definition for
colic as an "otherwise healthy baby who has paroxysms of crying, irritability
and fussiness lasting for more than three hours per day, more than three
days per weeks for a period of three months."
This definition, referred to as the "rule of threes" is still used by
Colic is very common, affecting as many as one in four babies born in the
United States.
Some facts about colic:
Colic only occurs in otherwise healthy infants—in other words, if your baby
has vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, blood in their stools, hasn’t slept from
teething/illness/time change, etc. that is NOT colic. Colic only occurs in
infants where no other cause for the crying can be identified.
In cultures where babies are constantly held, nursed on demand, and
attended to without delay when they fuss, colic is virtually unheard of.
Drug treatment generally has no place in the management of colic, unless
the history and investigations reveal gastroesophageal reflux.
A maternal diets low in dairy, soy, egg, peanut, wheat, shell fish may offer
relief from excessive crying in some breastfed infants. Lactobacillus
reuteri, endogenous to the human GI tract was found to relieve colic
symptoms in breastfed infants within one week of treatment and was more
effective than simethicone, suggesting that probiotics may have a role in
treatment of infantile colic.[1]
Spinal adjusting of babies has been effectively used for colic and has been
evaluated in many studies. Adjusting of babies has been suggested as an
appropriate intervention to reduce the severity of symptoms in babies with
colic. Six studies were recently reviewed by authors with a conclusion that
a greater proportion of parents of infants receiving a manipulative therapy

reported clinically significant improvements than did parents of those
receiving no treatment. One of the six studies referenced measured infant
sleeping time and found adjustments resulted in statistically significant
improvement. Another of the reviewed studies looked for adverse events
related to the adjusting of infants with colic and none were encountered.(2)
If you know the parents of an infant with colic or you are the parents of a
colicky infant consider chiropractic as a safe and effective treatment.

1 Pediatrics. 2007 Jan;119(1):e124-30. Lactobacillus reuteri (American
Type Culture Collection Strain 55730) versus simethicone in the treatment
of infantile colic: a prospective randomized study. Savino F, Pelle E,
Palumeri E, Oggero R, Miniero R.

2. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Dec 12;12:CD004796. doi:
10.1002/14651858.CD004796.pub2. Manipulative therapies for infantile
colic. Dobson D, Lucassen PL, Miller JJ, Vlieger AM, Prescott P, Lewith G.

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