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How Chiropractic Care Can Help Your Colicky Baby

baby feet rubFrequent, prolonged and intense crying. Fussiness. Frowning. These are all symptoms of colic. This term is used by the healthcare system to describe inconsolable crying in babies and is often associated with digestion issues or nervous system imbalances.

As a chiropractor specializing in pediatric care, Dr. Katie understands the challenges faced by both parents and their colicky infants. Our approach focuses on providing gentle adjustments and personalized treatment plans to address misalignments in the upper cervical vertebrae, particularly the Atlas, which can interfere with latching and cause discomfort.

The Role of Digestion and Nervous System in Colic

Digestion plays a crucial role in colicky babies, and misalignment in the upper cervical spine can disrupt this process. The vagus nerve, which runs through the Atlas, is closely linked to digestion. The lower back, pelvic region, and sacrum also contribute to proper digestion. When these areas are misaligned, it can lead to discomfort and difficulties in regulating the digestive system.

At Family Connection Chiropractic, we use gentle and specific neurological assessments to identify subluxations (misalignments) in the spine that contribute to the challenges faced by colicky infants. We aim to help the nervous system and body unwind through subtle adjustments, reducing colic symptoms and improving sleep patterns.

Sleeping Baby, Happy Parents

We recently had a two-week-old newborn visit our office who was experiencing sleep issues and difficulty latching. After a gentle adjustment, the baby slept through the night, providing much-needed rest for both the infant and the parents. The improved alignment in the upper cervical spine also allowed for proper latching, enhancing the nursing experience without fussing.

Providing Reassurance and Gentle Care

Dr. Katie understands the concerns and fears that parents may have regarding the well-being of their colicky babies. We always validate their emotions and offer reassurance. We emphasize that our techniques are gentle, with a level of pressure similar to checking the ripeness of a tomato or touching eyelids. Our approach may be subtle, but it can make a significant difference in the health of the baby and the quality of sleep for the parents.

If you’re a parent struggling with a colicky baby, we invite you to book an appointment with Dr. Katie!

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