Colic is a general condition in babies where a seemingly healthy infant cries and appears to be suffering for no apparent reason. This condition usually appears in infants within the first month after birth and may last for up to a year.
Colic is commonly defined as crying for more than three hours per day, at least three days per week for more than three weeks in a row. That is not a very specific definition and most health care professionals consider colic as sudden and unexplained crying and fussiness for extended periods of time.
Whether you’re a new or an experienced parent, these can be exhausting and highly stressful times where you feel helpless.
There are safe and effective solutions for colic. At our Baker Chiropractic and Wellness clinics, we have been helping parents and their babies find relief from colic for nearly 20 years.
Causes of Colic
Colic is caused by a variety of reasons which may include such things as the following:
- Stomach gas
- Intestinal gas
- Acid Reflux
- Neurological overload
- Muscle spasms
Dangers of Prevacid® and Zantac® in Treating Colic
Prevacid® and Zantac® are medications that are often prescribed for colicky babies. Both of these drugs reduce the acid levels in an infant’s stomach and intestines which may provide temporary relief for a colicky baby. However, these medications both bring significant risks and side effects.
A baby taking Prevacid® may develop diarrhea which can quickly lead to dehydration. Other common side effects from Prevacid® include headaches, allergic reactions, abdominal pain, cramping, constipation, and vomiting.
Similar to Prevacid®, Zantac® can cause diarrhea, headaches, allergic reactions, constipation and vomiting. In addition, Zantac® also increases the risk of developing pneumonia.
Chiropractic care does not use prescription drugs. Therefore, it does not subject infants to the dangers, risks and side effects of prescription medications.
Colic and Subluxations
The birth process can be a traumatic experience for an infant as a result of the pulling and twisting commonly performed to extract a baby from the mother’s birth canal. This will often times create problems in an infant’s delicate neck and back resulting in misalignments of the spine and subluxations (interferences) in the infant’s central nervous system.
The pinching and irritation of nerves from subluxations can lead to a variety of health issues in babies including the symptoms associated with colic including:
(1). Fussiness and Irritability
(4). Sleep Irregularity
Read What This Mom Says About Colic Relief for Her Baby
“A few months ago my infant daughter, was having severe gas pains regularly and she wasn’t pooping very often. I took her into the Pediatrician when she was 4 months old and he said that it was normal for some breastfed babies to go 7-10 days between bowel movements and that she was okay. Then, when she was 5 months old, I took her to another Pediatrician since the problem had not gone away and was worse. I wanted to know what I could do to alleviate her pain. The doctor said that I should start her on regular foods (which I had put off starting because of the problem) and that the problem would most likely correct itself within the next month! So, there I was with a five-month-old child who was having horrible gas pains on a daily basis and she wanted me to wait a whole month for things to get better! I was really upset because this had already been going on for quite some time and we were at a point when neither of us could take it anymore. She was in pain and so was I because I hated to hear my baby cry when I couldn’t do anything to help her.
So, I asked my chiropractor, Dr. Paul Baker, if he thought he might be able to help me. He said he’d be more than happy to adjust her and he was confident he could help, so I brought her in. I was very hopeful, but didn’t really know what to expect. Dr. Paul adjusted her back and neck and that night she pooped! We were thrilled because it had been so long since she had done that. I brought her in one week later and again, she pooped that night. Then she pooped the next morning and a couple more times that week. I went back each week for about 6 weeks and things just kept getting better and better. It really only took four adjustments before she was perfectly normal again. She is now a pooping machine and I couldn’t be happier. She is 9 months old and as happy as can be! I can’t remember the last time she had gas pains! It’s a wonderful thing! I very much appreciate Dr. Paul and how great he is with my whole family and I’m grateful he was there to help me at a time when the Pediatricians didn’t know what to do. It was truly an answer to our prayers.” – Rachel
Helping Children with Colic for 20 Years
We offer nearly 20 years of experience helping infants (and their parents) find relief from colic. Our safe and proven chiropractic care is extremely effective and does not require the use of expensive and potentially harmful prescription drugs and medications.
If your child could be suffering from colic, please contact us by visiting our website: doctorspaulandpatrick.com