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Infant colic is one of the most frequent reasons that parents seek medical advice for their infants between 1 week to 4 months old. Approximately 10-30% of infants worldwide are affected by colic. As of today, no medication has definitively proved beneficial in treating infant colic. Thus, parents are looking at other alternatives to treatments for their infants such as pediatric chiropractic care.

What is Colic?
All babies cry. Infants with colic, however, cry constantly, often for hours on end, and no amount of holding, soothing, rocking, or walking seems to help. Colic is defined as outbursts of crying lasting more than 3 hours a day, occurring more than three days in any week for three weeks in a healthy baby aged 1 week to 4 months.

Colic symptomatology usually includes:

• Excessive crying that usually starts at the same time each day (usually in late afternoon to evening times)
• Crying that usually begins when the baby is several weeks old and generally lasts several months
• The infant is usually healthy otherwise
• The infant may pull its legs up to its chest, tighten its abdominal muscles, and/or clench its fists; the infant’s face may be contorted or red

Why Do I Have a Colicky Baby?
There can be several reasons why an infant can have colic. The following may increase the chances of colic or cause colic in your infant:

• Immature nervous system
• Birth complications (i.e. C-section, forceps delivery, breech positioned baby)
• Tightness/lack of motion of the spine in the mid-back or cervical region
• Sensitivity to diet of the mother (i.e. corn, nuts, milk products, sugar)
• Cow’s milk sensitivity
• Certain proteins found in baby formula
• Overfeeding the infant or feeding too quickly
• Smoking during or after pregnancy
• Intestinal gas from too much air swallowed while crying
• Not burping after a feeding
• Incorrect positioning during or after feeding
• A low birth weight or premature infants
• Hunger
• Acid reflux

Chiropractic and Colicky Infants
Chiropractic care is remarkably helpful to infants with colic. Pediatric chiropractors take a full history of the mother and infant, diet description, information about pregnant and delivery, as well as perform a gentle spinal exam of the infant. The pediatric chiropractor may then suggest dietary changes, before/after feeding techniques, as well as perform pediatric adjustments.

Pediatric chiropractic adjustments are gentle and safe, restoring proper nervous system functioning, which results in colic relief for many infants.

Several studies have proven the effectiveness of chiropractic care in the treatment of infantile colic. According to the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapies, 73 chiropractors adjusted the spines of 316 infants (median age 5.7 weeks at initial examination) with moderate to severe colic. The infants’ mothers were provided a diary and kept track of the baby’s symptoms, intensity and length of the colicky crying as well as how comfortable the infant seemed. 94% of the children showed a reduction of symptoms after receiving treatments with chiropractic care. In another study, 104 patients found that excessively crying infants were at least five times as likely to cry significantly less if they were treated with chiropractic manual therapy.

Colic affects one-third of infants worldwide. Research, though, is showing amazing results from pediatric chiropractic care. Treatments from a pediatric chiropractor are gentle, conservative, and highly successful in treating babies with colic symptoms.

Many infants experience immediate relief and often rest in their mother’s arms afterward, completely content.

If you have any questions about your colicky infant, please contact Dr. Christina Wellner at [email protected] or call (703) 378-2698.

Dr. Wellner, Chantilly Chiropractic CenterDr. Wellner, a Chiropractor at Chantilly Chiropractic Center, received her Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic and is the recipient of the James Buerkle Memorial Award for leadership, service, and commitment to Palmer College and the chiropractic profession. As a physician, she strongly believes in patient education and empowering patients and their families to improve the quality of their lives through a multidisciplinary approach. Dr. Wellner works with local OBGYN offices, general practitioners, orthopedic doctors, neurologists, personal trainers, and other healthcare professionals to administer optimal care to her patients.

For her pediatric patients, Dr. Wellner believes in allowing a child’s natural healing abilities to shine through by using a combination of gentle spinal adjustments and nutritional/lifestyle recommendations. In her quest to educate others about the role of chiropractic in children’s health care, Dr. Wellner hosts classes and lectures in Northern Virginia about the importance of a healthy lifestyle for expectant mothers, babies, and families. Dr. Wellner is also a member of the Unified Virginia Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Association, Dulles Chamber of Commerce and an active member of the Dulles Chamber Health and Wellness Committee as well as the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Christina Wellner, please call (703) 378-2698 or email her at [email protected]. Chantilly Chiropractic Center is located at 3910 Centreville Rd., Ste. 202, Chantilly, VA 20151. Connect: Online | Facebook | (703) 378-2698.

“Treatments for Infant Colic,” Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Web.
Ohm, Jeanne. “Why Should Children Have Chiropractic Care?” Why Should Children Have Chiropractic Care? Childhood Wellness articles. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, 2005. Web.
Kheir, A. E. “Infantile Colic, Facts and Fiction.” Italian Journal of Pediatrics. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 23 July 2012. Web.
“Colic.” Practice Essentials, Background, Pathophysiology. Medscape, 2017. Web.
“Natural Colic Relief So Effective Parents Cry? Colic Gone!” Choose Natural. Web. 2017.
“Chiropractic and Colic.” Chiropractic and Colic | Colic. World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999. Web.
Klougart, N., N. Nilsson, and J. Jacobsen. “Infantile Colic Treated by Chiropractors: A Prospective Study of 316 Cases.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 1989. Web.
“Colic: Facts, Causes and Treatment.” American Pregnancy Association. 25 June 2017. Web.

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