Colic can be defined as comfortless crying for long periods of time where nothing seems to soothe or help your baby. It can begin as early as 3 weeks and it usually lasts until three months of age, sometimes longer. Approximately 10 to 20 percent of babies will exhibit colic-like symptoms of loud, piercing cries for hours or days on end, typically accompanied by clenched fists, a tight abdomen, and flexed legs. If you are a parent of a colicky baby, then you know how difficult and frustrating it can be. Parents of babies with colic can feel frustrated and helpless, as it can feel as if there’s nothing you can do to help your child. But there is hope with chiropractic care from a New Orleans chiropractor. Some parents may falsely believe that chiropractic care is too rough and unsafe for infants, but this simply isn’t true. Chiropractic adjustments from Dr. Jeff Vitenas of Enlightened Chiropractic are gentle and safe for all ages, even newborn babies. Chiropractic care is a natural and effective option for providing relief from colic symptoms for your baby.
What Can I Do For My Colicky Baby?
Some research suggests that dietary changes or even different positioning for the baby can help provide relief for babies who suffer from colic. Some doctors might even recommend medications. While medications can ease symptoms for a short time, the results are not long-lasting. Crying and signs of discomfort will often return once medications wear off. Medications, especially ones given to such young babies, can also cause side effects that may worsen the conditions instead of provide the desired relief. If it’s long-lasting results you are after for your little one, consider chiropractic care from New Orleans chiropractor Dr. Jeff Vitenas.
Chiropractic Care for Colic
Chiropractic care offers amazing benefits in that it allows the body to heal and function properly. In the case of colic, spinal misalignments can affect baby’s digestion, leading to discomfort and pain. Spinal misalignments can adversely affect the nerves of the stomach, intestines, or other abdominal organs that can cause gas or other issues related to colic. Gentle adjustments will remove nerve interference to restore normal function of the digestive tract and support digestion to alleviate symptoms of colic. Rest assured that chiropractic care is a natural, safe, and effective way for parents to help children with colic.
It Really Works!
If, as a parent, you are skeptical of chiropractic care for your little one, know that extensive research has been done to show that chiropractic really does work and is, indeed, extremely safe for even the newest babies. One such case study looked at 104 babies with symptoms of colic. Those who received chiropractic care saw significantly reduced crying times, especially in comparison to those who didn’t get adjusted. Another case study split colicky babies into two groups, those who received chiropractic care and those who didn’t. The group that underwent chiropractic care was twice as likely to sleep better at night and cry less.
If you are the parent of a colicky baby and feel at your wit’s end, try chiropractic care. Contact Dr. Jeff Vitenas of Enlightened Chiropractic to schedule an appointment today.
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