Infantile colic is experienced by 1 in 6 babies. It is defined as an infant who cries uncontrollably for more than three hours a day, for 3 or more days a week, for 3 weeks. No being able to settle your crying baby is incredibly distressing (1). This can cause both physical and emotional symptoms for the whole family, though fortunately colic and chiropractic care is seeing a change through the below studies, in that experience.
Despite multiple studies, the underlying cause of colic is unknown. Suggested causes can include:
- Gastrointestinal upset
- Musculoskeletal pain from positioning or birth trauma
- Food intolerances
- Parental anxiety (2)
Colic and Chiropractic
The great news is that studies have shown that chiropractic can help in reducing crying time! One randomised control study has shown that babies who received gentle chiropractic treatments cried less than the babies in the control group. Babies in the treatment group cried up to an hour and half less than the babies in the control group, after just 10 days of treatment. (3)
Chiropractic treatment for babies is safe and low force. Treatments generally consist of very specific light touch applied to restricted areas of the body. Adverse events associated with chiropractic care of infants is rare, however the cases reported have been invariable short lived irritability or soreness. (4)
If this is something you think your family or someone you know could benefit from, book in to see our highly passionate and skilled practitioners with over 15 years of combined experience in family treatment, Dr Jolene Cooney (Chiropractor) and Dr Bronwyn Miller (Chiropractor).
1.Rome, P., Waterhouse, J., Maginness, G., & Ebrall, P. (2019). MEDICAL MANAGEMENT OF INFANTILE COLIC WITH SPINAL MANIPULATION: A NARRATIVE REVIEW OF THE EUROPEAN MEDICAL LITERATURE. Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic, 2(1), 60-75.
2. Rubin, B.S. & Istok, M. (2012). RESOLUTION OF INFANTILE COLIC, TORITOCOLLIS, PLAGIOCEPHALY ANDFEDDING DIFFICULTIES FOLLOWING SUBLUXATION BASED CHIROPRACTIC: A CASE STUDY. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health– March 2013: 24-27
3. Miller J.E, Newell, D. & J.E. Bolton. (2012) EFICACY OF CHIROPRACTOC MANIAL THERAPY ON INFANT COLIC: A PRAGMATIC SINGLE- BLIND, RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapies. 35(8):600-7
$. Todd, A.J,. Carrol, M.T., Robinson, A., & Mitchell E.K.L. (2015) ADVERSE EVENTS DUE TO CHIROPRACTIC AND OTHER MANUAL THERAPIES FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapies.38(9):699-712.