There are rare exceptions, but the truth is that all babies cry. How long a baby should be allowed to cry before parents begin to worry, or before diagnosing a baby is hard for any doctor to figure out. There is a possibility it could be colic. “Colicky” babies are usually defined as babies that are not consolable after eating and a diaper change. Many newborn babies suffer from colic, which causes unusual amounts of crying in babies between the ages of 3 weeks and 3 months. Babies with colic may appear to be in pain because they often turn red and draw in their legs and arms when crying. Although the cause of colic is unknown, gentle chiropractic techniques have helped many newborn babies find relief from colic.
The traumatic birthing process can cause subluxation and stress on the nervous system. Subluxation, as defined by our chiropractic doctors, is the position of the vertebra and subsequent functional loss. This determined the location where spinal manipulation needs to take place. With gentle chiropractic adjustments, it can help to correct subluxation and relieve any stress on the spine. These chiropractic techniques often help the baby to calm down and find pain relief. In addition to gentle chiropractic techniques, your chiropractor may recommend diet changes for the baby.
Some of the following at-home treatments may help your baby with colic:
Give your baby a warm bath
Gently rub your baby’s tummy
Rock your baby
Go for a drive
Avoid soy or dairy-based formulas
Place a warm water bottle on your baby’s stomach
To get relief for your infant and for more information about chiropractic treatment of colic in Ogden, or to schedule an appointment with us, please call Ogden Wellness Center today.