A Safe Natural Treatment for Colic
One of the saddest scenarios that play itself in our office over the last 30 years is when a parent comes in and hands me their crying child with despondency in their eyes, and say, “please fix her”. The parents have tried everything they know but none of it has worked. Every time they feed their baby she cries. Not just any cry. The crying can cause frustration for the parents, depression following delivery, excess visits to the doctor, and child abuse. Parents are already prone to anxiety about their child. The anxiety a parent feels with a colicky child can be overwhelming.
The Overwhelming Cry of a Colicky Baby
There is a distinct difference in the cry of a baby who is merely fussy and a baby who is crying because she has colic. The sound of a colic cry is beyond the familiar cries that say, “I need to be (fed/ burped/changed/left alone).” When a baby experiences colic, her cries are often high-pitched and overwhelming in intensity.
For the parents, it often feels quite futile because there is little that can be done during this continuous period of distress that will soothe her.
Colic –Fussiness and Excessive Crying
When your baby cries inconsolably and inexplicably for extended periods of times most likely it is colic. Colic by all accounts is the baby’s stomach’s inability to digest the protein in the milk or formula. Undigested protein turns into gas. The gas bubbles produce pressure in the stomach and that is what is bothering the baby.
Signs of Colic in an otherwise healthy infant:
- Crying for more than 3 hours a day and at least 3 days a week
- Usually starts in the first few weeks of life
- Babies crying may increase when laying down and at night
- Clenched Hands
- Red Face
- Legs drawn to chest
Upper Neck- Atlas, Axis Misalignment May Be the Cause
Like any involuntary organ function in the body, digestion is controlled by the brainstem area of the nervous system. The upper two vertebrae of the spine surround and protect the brainstem, and have the greatest movement out of the entire spine. This extra mobility is because the joints at the top of the spine, atlas and axis, are more horizontal to facilitate almost all of the movement of the head and neck. The physical nature of the birth process, both natural and Cesarean, exerts incredible twisting and straining on the newborns neck. The upper neck bones will become stuck in the wrong position and produce pressure on the nerves that feed the body. In the cause of colic, the nerves that travel through the neck and coordinate the digestive process are affected.
Natural Treatment Approach to Colic
The Blair Upper Cervical Technique uses a specific analysis of the infant’s upper neck to determine if the alignment is abnormal. Gentle pressure and specific adjusting of the bone will restore proper alignment. Once properly aligned, the nervous system will gain control of the digestive system function, and both child and the family can return to normal life. Infants respond very quickly to Upper Cervical care.
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