Kids and Colic
Last updated on February 13, 2023
Colic may be characterised when infants experience intense, frequent and prolonged crying. Generally for 3 or more hours a day. This can be quite distressing and frustrating for parents due to the infant crying for no apparent reason. This often occurs in the evening time. Episodes of colic are commonly seen in infants about 6 weeks old and may disappear by 3-4 months.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COLIC MAY INCLUDE:
- Intense sudden crying (screaming) or crying for no reason. Each crying episode may last for a few minutes or hours
- Usually happens at the same time, late afternoons or evenings
- Often their faces become red and flushed
- Extreme fussiness
- Body tension, such as pulled up or stiffened legs and arms, clenched fists, arched back, or tense abdomen
- Not sleeping well, waking up intensely crying
- Passing of wind may occur during those intense crying episodes
POSSIBLE CAUSES FOR COLIC:
It is yet still undetermined the exact cause for colic. One of the most common reasons for colic may be due to the digestive system not being fully developed as well as a still-developing nervous system. Other possible causes and contributing factors for colic include:
- Imbalance of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract
- Food allergies or intolerances
- Overfeeding, underfeeding or infrequent burping
Untreated colic may lead to developmental and behavioural problems, such as sleeping issues, sensory processing abilities, poor concentration, hyperactivity and temper tantrums.
CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP WITH COLIC ?
Chiropractic care may be beneficial with reducing symptoms associated with colic. A study done in 2009, demonstrates that chiropractic treatment of infant colic can help improve long term behaviour problems in children. Children who have received chiropractic treatment for colic had fewer temper tantrums, fell asleep quicker and stayed asleep longer than the group who had colic that were untreated.
Gentle manipulation and mobilisation of the muscle and spine is performed that may help stimulate the small intestine to mimic the natural movement of the muscles in the body to help with the movement of fluid and gas. Chiropractic care may be able to help newborns, toddlers and older children digest and process food without any problem, therefore reduce symptoms of colic.
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