What is Colic?
Colic is defined as an uncontrollable crying and difficulty soothing a seemingly healthy baby.
This crying or fussing usually last several hours for a long period of time.
About 1 in 5 infants are affected by colic, typically peeking between 3 and six weeks of age although it begins at birth.
Subluxations of the spine can create discomforts throughout the whole body.
During birth, if an infant experiences a vertebral subluxation, it could result in prolonged discomfort.
Nerve supply is vital to the proper function of every system in the body including the stomach, intestines, and other abdominal organs. Any vertebral subluxation causing interference to the nerves in these areas can cause colicky or ear infection symptoms.
Parents often find that the number of ear infections and colicky symptoms reduce following chiropractic adjustments. Many young patients experience enhances immunity, helping them fight many forms of infection.
Ear infections are very common in babies and young children. Many children even have multiple episodes, which can occur in both ears.
It is important to check whether there is irritation or compromise to the small nerves in the spine.
When the nerve endings are irritated, usually by a subluxation, tension results in the neck muscles causing the lymphatic drainage ducts to be affected.
This makes it difficult for the body to properly drain inside the ear and thus preventing the body to naturally correct the problem.
Ear infections can resolve naturally in a child without the use of antibiotics and surgery.
More and more controlled tests are showing that regular chiropractic care can help alleviate earaches in children.
What are Growing Pains?
Causes of Growing Pains
Growing pains are often from irritated, pinched nerves in the back. This is usually due to muscle imbalance and/or improper joint function.
Bone growth has NOT been proven to cause pain.
When to see your Health Care Provider
Pain in just one leg
Pain also affecting the arms or back
Pain that occurs every night or continues during the day
Loss of appetite
Reluctance to walk, or a limp with no obvious cause
Diagnosis of Growing Pains
One symptom that doctors find most helpful in making a diagnosis of growing pains is how a child responds to touch while in pain. Kids who have pain from a serious medical cause don’t like to be handled because movement can make the pain worse. But those with growing pains respond differently—they feel better when they’re held, massaged, and cuddled.
While growing pains aren't usually related to illness, they can upset kids and parents. Because the aches are generally gone in the morning, parents sometimes think that a child faked the pains. But this often isn't true. Instead, offer support and reassurance that growing pains will pass as kids grow up.