Oh boy colic! Anyone who has had a child with colic knows what an upsetting thing it is. Here you have this beautiful, innocent child who suddenly begins screaming, drawing their legs up in what seems like agonizing pain and you can’t stop it. All the neighborly and grand-motherly advice doesn’t help. You hope it will go away but in the meantime it is concerning you more than just a little.
Colic is characterized by constant crying, screaming, whining, pain in the stomach area and acute irritability. The spells can last for hours. This leads to aerophagia which is the swallowing of air causing distention of the bowels and more pain, more crying, more air to be swallowed. The cycle continues.
In my experience dealing with children and babies I find that many have a vertebral subluxation in their spine affecting the way the nerve system controls bowel function. How does a baby get a subluxation? Dr. Guttman MD says that up to 90% of children have upper cervical subluxations caused by the birthing process which can be traumatic.
The digestive system is a long tube which starts at our mouth and ends at the anus and is made of muscle walls which are under the direct control of the nerve system. Vertebral subluxations interfere with the function of the nerve system and reduce the amount of information flowing from the brain to the intestine. This reduces the function of the intestine and slows down the movement of food. The food stays in the intestine longer than usual and gas is produced. The gas is produced by normal bacteria in the intestine which help break down food normally. This excess gas distends the intestine and the intestinal wall causing pain and crying. A baby cries because it needs help.
The most important thing as with any symptom is to find out why the baby has colic. Treating just the symptoms will provide relief but may hide or delay care of a greater problem. This advice applies to anyone and any symptom.
Children affected by colic generally show wonderful response while under Chiropractic care. Often results are seen within the first week of two of care.