If you or someone you know has an unsettled baby, and you don’t know what to do, you may want to investigate taking your baby to a chiropractor.
As your child is being born, natural or Caesarean, the neck and back vertebrae can go out of alignment, causing vertebral subluxation complexes due to the stretching and compressing of the body as it emerges into the world. If your delivery included a prolonged pushing stage, forceps or vacuum extraction, or other form of assisted delivery, the chances of a misalignment are great.
If the misalignments, called vertebral subluxations, are big enough, the functioning of major systems in the body can be compromised. The digestive system may be affected and effective digestion of breastmilk and formula can cause major discomfort in your baby, leading to colic episodes.
What Is Colic?
Infantile colic is the term commonly used to describe an otherwise healthy infant who exhibits persistent, forceful crying for no apparent reason. The crying usually persists for several hours each day and is usually evident at least five days in each week. Parents’ attempts to comfort the infant by holding and rocking the child, and making sure they are clean and fed have little or no effect on the condition. The affected infant will have a tense, rumbling abdomen, usually with knees flexed, tight muscles along the spine and be very gassy. Occasionally the head and neck will be arched backwards.
Many parents are hesitant of taking their small, helpless babies to see a chiropractor. The main reason being the “crunching and cracking” stereotype that chiropractic can have.
In actuality, the adjustments that a chiropractor will do on your baby is basically applying gently pressure with the fingers or with an adjustment instrument called an Activator to areas on the neck and back. You may see your baby totally relax before your eyes as the misalignments are corrected.
As with selecting any health care provider, you need to ask questions first, in order to make an informed decision. Being clear on the objective and the techniques that will be carried out is very important. Ask for referrals from family or friends that you can contact if you are unsure.
Chiropractic care can be very valuable in helping to calm the colic tendencies in a safe, natural environment.