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Understanding Childhood Colic and Reflux: How Structural Chiropractic Can Help

If you are a parent or caregiver of a young child, you may have heard of two common challenges that infants face: colic and reflux. These conditions can cause significant distress for both the child and the entire family. However, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that structural chiropractic care can provide effective relief for infants suffering from colic and reflux.


Colic is characterized by excessive crying and fussiness in otherwise healthy infants, typically starting around two to three weeks of age and peaking at around six weeks. The exact cause of colic is still unknown, but it is believed to be related to digestive discomfort or immature nervous system regulation. Common symptoms of colic include inconsolable crying, clenching fists, arching the back, and difficulty sleeping.


Structural chiropractic care focuses on optimizing the function of the nervous system by addressing structural dysfunction or subluxations in the spine. By gently adjusting the spine and correcting these dysfunctional patterns, structural chiropractors aim to restore proper nerve function and facilitate the body's natural healing process. In the case of colic, structural chiropractic adjustments have been shown to help regulate the nervous system, reduce tension in the digestive system, and alleviate the symptoms associated with colic. Many parents have reported significant improvements in their babies' colic symptoms after receiving structural chiropractic care.


Reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux (GER), is a condition where the contents of the stomach flow back into the esophagus, causing discomfort and sometimes spitting up or vomiting. It is quite common in infants, affecting about 50% of babies under three months old. While most cases of reflux resolve on their own as the infant's digestive system matures, persistent reflux can be distressing for both the baby and their caregivers.


Structural chiropractic care can offer relief for infants with reflux by addressing any dysfunction in the spine that might be interfering with the proper functioning of the nervous system. Again, these dysfunctional patterns, known as subluxations, can disrupt the communication between the brain and the digestive system. Through gentle structural chiropractic adjustments, the spine can be reALIGNed, restoring optimal nerve flow and promoting better digestion. Structural chiropractic care has been reported to reduce reflux symptoms, improve feeding, and help infants experience fewer episodes of discomfort.


When considering chiropractic care for an infant with colic or reflux, it is essential to consult with a qualified ICPA trained chiropractor who specializes in pediatric care. These professionals have received specific training in assessing and adjusting infants and are well-versed in the unique needs and considerations of young children. Always ensure that the chiropractor you choose is experienced, reputable, and holds the necessary certifications and licenses.


Structural chiropractic care offers a safe and natural approach to addressing the challenges of childhood colic and reflux. By focusing on the nervous system and spinal ALIGNment, structural chiropractors aim to enhance the body's innate healing abilities. If you have a little one struggling with colic or reflux, exploring the benefits of structural chiropractic care may provide a valuable solution for your child's well-being.



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