Infantile colic is a distressing condition, agonizing to the neonate and difficult to the moms and dads. It is identified by inconsolable paroxysms of weeping, consistent for what looks like limitless hours, frequently after feedings or at comparable times of the day, and frequently knowledgeable in the evening or early night hours.
The infant will often attract its knees upward into a presentation of upper body flexion, or at other times arch in reverse with stiffening and rigidness of the legs. The baby might experience flatulence (passing gas) and the abdominal area may be swollen and tense. Paradoxically, the infant feeds well and gains weight easily and steadily.
Because colic is not a true diagnosis, rather a detailed label of a collection of signs and clinical indications, it is often tough to distinguish between a fussy infant, a ‘pre-colicky’ baby, and real colic. Together with thorough chiropractic evaluation, maternal nutrition must be discussed, breastfeeding ‘aptitude’, environmental factors, protein or carbohydrate intolerance, and propensity for allergies. It is necessary to dismiss thrush, where the infant fusses at the breast in an extremely upset fashion and related breastfeeding concerns.
The chiropractic spine subluxation pattern in evidence is frequently at C0 -C1-C2 and T4 – T6. Adjusting these locations will often assist. Orthopedic and neurological evaluations are usually typical.
Support protocol for moms and dads at home:
1. Use a convenience hold that uses pressure against the children abdominal area (lying face-down throughout your lap or on a warm water bottle covered in a cloth, or in a football hold pushing your forearm)
2. Let the child suck for comfort on the breast, pacifier or finger.
3. Walking and rocking the infant
4. Swaddling the baby, holding them close
5. Review maternal nutrition – remove all dairy right away for minimum 6 weeks, broccoli, cabbage, onions, garlic, lettuce, cauliflower, caffeine and alcohol
6. Use reflexology points for circular massage on the fat pads under the bog toes of the baby
7. Employ circular massage with your thumb over the infant’s sacrum and/or abdomen
The colicky period is very stressful for moms and dads and families. It may appear difficult to preserve a calm environment and some moms and dads feel at their ‘wit’s end,’ leaving concern for potential infant abuse. It is that challenging on them.
Parents require to be reassured that colic does not produce any hazardous, long-term impacts and generally disappears by the 4th-6th month, unless chiropractic care is used, in which case it deals with earlier.
A doctor referral is appropriate if the constant, heartbroken weeping is associated with vomiting, a cold, a fever or tough stools.