Colic is a condition in young infants characterized by an unusual amount of crying.When they cry, they may draw their arms and legs toward their bodies as though they are in pain and may even turn bright red. Colic usually appears between the 3rd and 6th week after birth and is typically resolved by the time they are 3 months old. Although no one is certain what causes colic, there are a number of things that likely contribute, such as an immature and irritated nervous system, food sensitivites and gastrointestinal upset.
The theory that an irritated spine may contribute to colic is supported by the frequent improvement in symptoms with gentle chiropractic adjustments. Because the birthing process is very stressful on the neck of a newborn, it is very common for there to be several subluxations in the neck and back that can irritate the tiny and delicate nervous system. It has also been observed that babies with colic seem to need more attention and are more sensitive to the things around them than other babies – again indicating that there are some neurological differences.
Both the mother’s and the baby’s diet can be huge factors in the development of colic. One of the biggest offenders is cow’s milk. Babies should not have cow’s milk, or dairy in any form for that matter, until they are at least two or three years old. Cow’s milk contains the sugar lactose which many newborn babies cannot digest very well, not to mention that cow’s milk contains many proteins that are not good for an infant’s digestive system.
Another potential dietary contributor to colic is the mother’s diet while breastfeeding. Women who breast feed should stay away from spicy foods, alcohol and tobacco, as well as to avoid eating too much of any one particular food. A semi-bland, high-protein diet that excludes dairy is probably best – at least during the first three or four months of breastfeeding.
If your baby suffers from colic, there are a few things that you can do to help:
- Seek regular chiropractic care, especially during the first four months.
- Place a warm water bottle on your baby’s stomach.
- Rock your baby in a rocking chair or cradle.
- Give your baby a warm bath.
- Gently rub your baby’s stomach.
- Go for a drive with your baby in the car seat.
- Feed your baby more often with less food at each feeding.
- If you feed your baby formula, avoid soy or dairy-based formulas.
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Chris was the first member of the family to become a patient of Dr. Hoch’s. Chris’ father referred him to Dr. Hoch since Chris was suffering with hip and back pain, most likely related to his flat feet. Chris saw relief in relatively a short amount of time and has his entire family now seeing Dr. Hoch.
Chris’s wife, Gina started seeing Dr. Hoch after she had her son, Ethan. During her pregnancy she experienced lower back pain and although she hoped it would improve after delivery, it did not. The pain became much worse. Initially Gina’s appointments were 3 times a week and now she sees the Dr. every 2 weeks. This schedule has been successfully in keeping her system in check.
Big sister, Mia just started seeing Dr. Hoch and is a pro. As tiny as she is she just climbs right up onto the table to be adjusted and waits for the Dr. Each adjustment helps her immune system.
Ethan was colicky after birth and saw Dr. Hoch for the first time at 3 months old. In addition to his colic he spit-up a lot. His pediatrician recommended changing his formula and adding cereal but then the next step was to prescribe medicine which Gina did not want to do. Ethan started with weekly adjustments and now sees Dr. Hoch every 2 weeks. His colic has gone away and he has not been sick in over a month and a half.
Both kids are exposed to a lot of germs and illness in day care and their adjustments are keeping them healthy. Mom sees that they are warding off the sickness that other kids they know keep coming down with. Seems like every time she sees other kids, they are always sick and Mia and Ethan are staying healthy.
Dr. Hoch is the Shedwill’s family first choice. The family likes coming here because everyone is super friendly and shares knowledge that is helpful. Also liked the fact that Dr. Hoch took the time to really look at what is going on before treating and prefer treating the family’s health with a natural process rather than medicating. They have told others about Dr. Hoch and Gina specifically referred a client and her step dad about the benefits of seeing Dr. Hoch.
~ Shedwill Family