Colic Resolves in Eight Week-Old Infant After Beginning Chiropractic Care
The November 28, 2012 issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health reports on a case study involving an eight week-old infant who experienced a resolution of her colic symptoms after a short course of chiropractic care. According to author Ron R. Castellucci, BS, ACP, DC, the baby’s mother brought her to the chiropractor with the classic symptoms of colic. The mother reported the baby cried for up to 5 hours at a time, lasting well into the night, and winced in pain with her bowel movements. She also was unable to sleep or breastfeed due to the crying. During the case history, it was discovered that the baby experienced a stressful birth involving 18 hours of labor, a blocked birth position that led to an induced labor that eventually resulted in a cesarean delivery. She had been placed on the drug Levsin to control her gastric distress symptoms. Her chiropractic examination revealed subluxations in the upper neck at the C1 level and the lower back at the T11 level. According to the author, the patient, “on her initial visit, was crying and in obvious distress. She left the office, after her first adjustment, crying less and with less distress. She was scheduled for a second visit on the following day. On this visit the patient was sleeping and there were no signs of distress. The parents reported the following: “after her first visit, she slept the entire night. She did not have the crying spells and we reduced the medication to once per day. After two weeks of chiropractic care the parents reported the following “she (the patient) no longer takes her medication daily. She is now a happy baby. She eats, sleeps and has regular bowel movements with no pain. For the first time since she was born, she slept through the night.” “Complete resolution of the colic symptoms was seen after 8 visits over 4 weeks. A follow up discussion with the patient’s parents found that the colic symptoms have not returned and the patient is very healthy.