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Chiropractic Management of an Infant Patient Experiencing Colic and Difficult Breastfeeding: A Case Report

A twelve-day-old male was presented for chiropractic examination and treatment by his mother. The mother related difficulty in feeding on the right breast. She also stated that he seemed "fussy" and had been producing excess bowel gas. Palpation and motion studies revealed the occiput having a limited range of motion. The atlas was found to be fixed.with infant showing visible signs of distress on palpation of the right cervical soft tissue structures.

A chiropractic adjustment was performed to the atlas: right atlas transverse using infant toggle-recoil technique. The mother breastfed the infant at the office immediately following the adjustment with no problems nursing on the right breast. Over the course of this patient's care, additional chiropractic adjustments were performed. This course of treatment was met with limited success. This prompted the mother to add that an injection of Depo-Provera (contraceptive injection) had been administered 24 hours after the delivery. The parent was advised that this injection may have been a contributor to the infant's problem. Acting on this advice the mother did not receive the next injection as scheduled. Nutritional supplementation was utilized, and adjustments were continued. The infant's pattern of breastfeeding and bowel function normalized.

Cuhel JM, Powell M,   Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol. 2, No. 2 1997. P. 150-154.