Colic is a medical condition in which an otherwise healthy baby cries continuously without any apparent provocation. Colic terminates generally at three months old, but this offset by premature babies. That is, a child for example born one month prematurely, often will be better by four months. The child is otherwise healthy and have normal weight gain will be periodically unexplained and violent screams periods for more than three hours, which lasts several days a week. The turmoil and tears occur most frequently in the afternoon and in the evening and often at the same time. The child is often inconsolable at those times.
What causes infantile colic?
Although infantile colic is a common condition and affects approximately 20-30% of all children, the cause of infantile colic remains unclear. The symptoms always go over, and infant colic is often a diagnosis given after all other options have been ruled out. It is therefore important that it is carried out a thorough examination of the child so that one can rule out that there is something else that causes tears. Certain professionals argue that it is a combination of a child’s emotional mood, setting and its developed nervous system that makes it easy crying and since unable to handle it.
Others claim that it comes from the problem in the child’s digestive system, specifically too much stomach gas. The most common theory is that there is an immaturity of the baby’s intestines. Studies have shown that colic children have powerful bowel movements than other infants may result in pain. Another theory is that colic children have too little of the enzyme lactase. This enzyme cleaves lactose and thus it seeps too much lactose into the intestine which develops gas. About 25% of colic children react to cow’s milk protein. Child’s intestinal tract is unfinished, and for some cow’s milk protein leak through the bowel wall rather than to degrade inside the intestine. After 3 months there tract are mature enough to break down the protein and thus ceases plagues.
Some also claim that many air bubbles in the bowel is the cause of colic. This has often been linked to incorrect breastfeeding technique as the child swallows too much air. New research at Brown University shows that nearly half of children with colic had gastroesophageal reflux (weakness of coaptation between the stomach and esophagus so acidic stomach contents come up from the stomach into the esophagus).
How does chiropractic treatment work?
Your chiropractor will examine the baby’s neck and back and determine if treatment of the musculoskeletal system with chiropractor can help your child and then explain what is being treated and why. Parents of young children are often anxious for their child and afraid of the treatment being performed. The sound is caused by a joint correction and is only gas releasing from the joint. This sound occurs less frequently in children than in adults and not similar with manual processing for adults. In fact, many parents are very surprised when our chiropractor suddenly finishes treatment, and the child has been treated without even having noticed that something has happened.
Our chiropractors emphasise that treatment should be gentle, and often leave our child lying in the arms of their parent or guardian during treatment. The child should also note the effect of the treatment after 2-5 treatments. The therapy is painless and has a relatively high success rate.
Our chiropractor explains about research on infantile colic
Research on whether treatment in chiropractic is effective has in recent years shown good results compared to control groups that did not receive treatment (Miller, JMPT, 2012; Dobson, Cochrane, 2012; and Wiberg, JMPT, 1999). Some of the studies had methodological weaknesses in relation to the parents were not blinded. This should be improved in future studies but does not alter the fact that the treatment group were more effective compared to control. Among some of the studies that do exist, a study that examined colic children who received chiropractic treatment that parents saw improvement in 94% of cases after two weeks of treatment. Half of these babies also had tried other treatments (Klougart, 1989). Another study shows that 91% of babies experienced a reduction in colic after two treatments (Nilsson, 1985). Therefore when we say that the treatment has a relatively high success rate, we are basing this on scientific research and long clinical experience. You as parents should always feel confident that practitioners at Chiro & Sports Med are updated on scientific research and will protect you and your children with a primary focus on fast results.