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Colic and Chiropractic

Written by Pathways Magazine   
Monday, 01 June 2009 00:00
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We had an overwhelming response from pathways readers and friends writing about their experiences with colic. Many parents expressed frustration with the numerous ineffective approaches to colic, drug side effects, and the advice to stop nursing. The following is just a sampling of the comments we received from parents expressing their enthusiasm for the benefits of their children’s chiropractic care.

Every Parent Should Know This!

Our third child was the first child with whom we experienced colic. We were caught off-guard. It was a low point in parenting. We all felt helpless and tired. Our sweet 3- week-old baby girl transformed one evening into a crying, miserable, and inconsolable child. It happened every night at the same time for the same length of time. We had resigned to walk the halls of our house with a screaming baby at night until she stopped. On her fourth-week pediatric visit, I mentioned the symptoms to her pediatrician, and she was easily diagnosed with colic, which I knew nothing about. The doctor matter-offactly predicted it would last three to four months. Yikes!

The initial solutions online only made us more nervous, more frantic, and self-doubting. They included: a hundred-and-one ways to burp, upright bottle feeding, swaddle tighter, don’t swaddle, massage techniques, food do’s and don’ts for the breastfeeding mom, white noise, how to hold your baby, pacifiers, Mozart music, long baths, gas drops, and as a last resort just put them down and deal with tough love. It was so overwhelming! And to make matters worse, nothing helped. If anything, we were worse off than before because we thought something might work. Every day we tried something different. It was all false hope. We are college-educated, rational parents, and felt that this shouldn’t be so difficult to “fix.” We wanted to help her. We wanted her to be calm, happy, and rested. We needed sleep. We were desperate for a cure.

The great news is there is a solution. We found it and it is one of the worst best-kept secrets. Every parent should know this! Have your baby adjusted. It’s that simple. Two weeks later at my chiropractic appointment, my chiropractor overheard me at her office groaning about our situation and immediately adjusted our baby, who was with me. That first adjustment meant a good night’s sleep for all of us for the first time in a long time. I quickly discovered how long the adjustment would last before the colic would return. I went back every three days for a couple of weeks. As she grew bigger, the effect of the adjustment would last longer, so we could go every four or five days until she outgrew the colic. What I would have given to have found out sooner. I had never considered adjusting my other children so young. Our baby responded so well to her adjustments. She was free from this horrible colic condition. My husband and I went on to have twins when she was 18 months old. I brought the two of them in to the chiropractor’s office as soon as I could drive after the delivery. I wasn’t taking any chance with two! Adjustments are the best preventative healthcare I can give my children.

Mother: G.W.; State: Texas
Chiropractor: Sandra Carrell Tremblay, DC

Completely Stopped All Medications

I have a 10-month-old baby girl. Starting at three months, she became very colicky. She spit up constantly. We took her for tests at our local hospital and they told us that she did not have reflux. At six months, with the problems only getting worse, the pediatrician decided to start her on a histamine-2 blocker, Zantac. When she continued to spit up every hour, they tried to change her medication to Prevacid. Initially we saw a small decrease in her reflux although it was still occurring every couple of hours. The next step was to double her dose of Prevacid. It was a dose not even recommended in babies her age! At no point in her short little life had she ever slept through the night. At this point, my husband and I decided to try another approach.

I spoke with one of my colleagues at the hospital and she recommended chiropractic. I was very hesitant to take my infant, now eight months old, to a chiropractor. Neither my husband nor myself had ever had chiropractic care. After her very first adjustment, she slept thru the night!!! It was like we had a different baby. Right from the start her signs and symptoms of reflux diminished. We took her three times a week for almost three weeks. By the end of the second visit, I completely stopped all of her meds. By the end of three weeks, she rarely spit up and she slept through the night consistently. Brooke is now 10 months old. She almost never spits up and is a very happy baby. Chiropractic care has made a huge difference in her.

Mother: L.W.; State: Michigan
Chiropractor: Andy Boesky, DC