Colic in infants is an issue that affects millions of babies around the world. Most often found in newborns and continuing up to 3 or even 6 months old, colicky babies cry a lot, have tense stomach muscles, are fussy nursing, have a lot of gas, constipation and reflux problems and struggle or are unable to self soothe. They often are not calmed or comforted even when their father or mother tries. Colic treatments in Wall and elsewhere vary from placement of legs, stomach compressions, medications, baths and more. Some are more effective than others. What you might not know is that a safe option is to take them to see an experienced chiropractor.
Theories behind colic
The reason for colic is not exactly known, though there are some things that can impact it. But one of the chiropractic theories is that distress is caused by damage to the vagus nerve that impacts the autonomic nervous system. The vagus nerve is the one that comes close from the base of the skull and goes to the digestive system. It is possible that while in the womb, or during birth there is stress caused to the nerve. Being born is traumatic, even if it is born via a cesarian section. Strain can happen which can lead to misalignment around the neck area of the baby. This could be what leads to parents looking into options for colic treatments, Ocean County and beyond.
A pediatric chiropractor is one that specializes in treating children and babies. Just as with adults, it is about assessing the spine and any vertebral subluxation but this is for children, not adults. When you talk to them about colic treatments in Wall, they will look at the vagus nerve and see if there is stress causing misalignment and the problem of colic. With some gentle corrections and manipulation, the chiropractor will work around the spine and the base of the head. In general, you can expect to see results within 1 to 6 sessions. Some parents report the colic is still there but the symptoms are a lot better, some say the colic symptoms are completely eased for the baby.
Other things that might help
As well as seeing a chiropractor for colic treatments Ocean County there are other things that parents try. Using probiotics and digestive enzymes, making careful changes to your diet if you are breastfeeding, taking out spicy foods, garlic, dairy and gluten sometimes help. Giving the baby regular baths in Epsom salts with baking soda helps to soothe the baby. It can also help relax their tense muscles. Make sure you burp them well during and after feeding and if you are using a formula consider changing to another one. You should of course also talk to the baby’s doctor about it.
A number of chiropractic studies have found that seeing a chiropractor with your baby can really help them when they are experiencing colic. If you have tried other approaches, a trained chiropractor with experience in gentle methods on babies is a good place to go.
This article is not meant for diagnostic purposes.
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