What is Colic?
Colic is the name and diagnosis given to the condition when a baby cries uncontrollably and for no apparent reason for hours, days or even weeks.
Normally, the only reason a baby would cry is when it is hungry, tired or has a dirty diaper. Most parents know this. But, if none of these conditions exist, then why is the baby crying? The only reason a baby would cry is because it is feeling some kind of PAIN in his body. The child can't tell you where they hurt so they express it in the most basic and fundamental way, they cry. This is when moms and dads bring their child to the pediatrition who says its "colic" and there's really nothing you can do about it and it will go away on it's own. The pediatrician might recommend you change his formula or may prescribe the medication Dimethicone, but these usually don't help.
No matter how long the condition lasts, struggling with a colicky child can be frustrating and exhausting. But there is hope...
A recent study divided 50 infants with colic into two groups. The first group received chiropractic spinal adjustments for two weeks; the second group received traditional drug treatment (dimethicone) over the same two weeks.
Results revealed that after 5 days, the chiropractic group improved the childrens condition with less hours spent crying. The dimethicone group showed little to no reduction in hours crying per day.
Even more revealing, five infants in the dimethicone group dropped out before the end of the study, because, as explained by the parents, it made the colic "worse" or "much worse". The authors suggest - if these severe cases that dropped out had been included in the results, drug intervention would have been shown to be even less effective than chiropractic for reducing the symptoms of colic.
Wiberg JMM, Nordsteen J, Nilsson N. The short-term effect of spinal manipulation in the treatment of infantile colic: a randomized controlled clinical trial with a blinded observer. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, October 1999: Vol. 22, No. 8, pp517-22.
For more information on chiropractic care for your child, go to http://www.chiroweb.com/find/tellmeabout/colic.htm l and http://www.chiroweb.com/find/tellmeabout/earaches.html
The Truth About Colic (What is the cause?)
Let me begin by making this clear... I do not treat colic!!! I treat the cause of colic. I treat the cause of children's health problems. Every health problem in the human body has a cause whether you are a child or an adult. And most have a simple, natural solution. Medicine and the drug companies make too much money to recommend any natural solutions. You probably agree with me on that. I have been treating (adjusting) children for over 20 years. I have only had a handful of babies presented to me by their parents specifically for help with their child's colic. Why don't lots of parents bring their babies in to me for help? Because they trust their pediatrician who doesn't recommend it or the parents don't know how good chiropractic is for their children.
After examining these colicky children and determining that there was a spinal misalignment, they were treated by me with gentle, safe adjustments. After I adjusting these babies 2 to five times, the crying stopped. The colic was gone. The parents couldn't believe it because the medical doctors couldn't help and didn't recommend that they bring their child to a pediatric chiropractor. But the crying stopped almost overnight. I know that sounds amazing and it is! (Chiropractic care for children is one of the best kept health secrets in the world. It's incredible that something this good, safe and so simple could be hidden from the public. But it is, intentionally! But that's another story.)