The most widely accepted definition of "colic" is uncontrollable
crying in babies, especially from the ages of 0-3 months,
and often lasting for more than three hours a day, more than
three days a week for three weeks or more.
matter how long the condition lasts, parents know that struggling
with a colicky child can be frustrating and exhausting. But
there is hope, and it could come from your doctor of chiropractic.
A recent study divided 50 infants with colic into two groups.
The first group received chiropractic spinal manipulation
for two weeks; the second group received traditional drug
treatment (dimethicone) over the same two weeks.
Results revealed that the chiropractic group improved more
than the drug group (less hours spent crying) after the first
five days of the study. After day five, the dimethicone group
showed little or no reduction in average colic hours per day.
€ Days 4-7: Hours of crying were reduced by a total
of 2.4 hours in the manipulation group compared with only
one hour in the drug group.
€ Days 8-11: Hours of crying were reduced by 2.7
total hours in the manipulation group, compared with one
hour in the drug group.
Even more revealing, five infants in the dimethicone group
dropped out before the end of the study, described by their
patients as having "worsened" or "much worsened" colic. The
authors suggest that if these severe cases had been included
in the results, drug intervention would have appeared even
less effective than chiropractic for reducing the symptoms
Wiberg JMM, Nordsteen J, Nilsson N. The short-term effect
of spinal manipulation in the treatment of infantile colic:
a randomized controlled clinical trial with a blinded observer.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, October
1999: Vol. 22, No. 8, pp517-22.
For more information on chiropractic care for your child,
go to http://www.chiroweb.com/find/tellmeabout/colic.html