Can Chiropractic Care Help Babies with Colic and Acid Reflux?

The Colic HoldYou may have heard many parents and doctors refer to a newborn baby’s fussy time as colic. People put the term colic on any fussy behavior and heightened irritability their new baby may be experiencing. However, many times it is really acid reflux. Acid reflux in babies commonly goes unnoticed and parents are told babies will grow out of it. Thankfully, chiropractic care can help babies with colic and acid reflux.

Acid Reflux in Babies

For some babies, minor acid reflux is not a huge deal. In fact, most babies have some case of acid reflux at some point or time since their esophagus is not fully developed. It usually means a little more spit up and a lot more fussiness. However, for other babies, their acid reflux is so bad that it can be dangerous for their health. Not only does projectile vomiting and constant spit up serve as a chocking hazard, but the harsh stomach acids can also damage the baby’s esophagus and lungs.

No matter how severe your baby’s acid reflux, the inconsolable baby that comes with it is enough to make any parent swear off future children. It is very hard to deal with a constantly crying baby as a new parent. Thankfully, there is help for both you and your baby.

Chiropractic For Infants

A certified chiropractor can gentle make adjustments to your baby. Chiropractic care has been proven effective and safe for newborns and older infants alike. The pressure used on an infant is the same pressure one would use to gently touch their eyelid.

Many times, newborns suffer from subluxations, or misalignments, from their birth. This is especially true if the baby was delivered through Cesarean, vacuum, or forceps. Even natural birth can cause minor subluxations in babies. If their spine or necks are not correctly aligned, it can affect the way they eat and digest food.

Many parents will see improvement in their babies after just one adjustment. However, other parents will need to bring their newborns back for a follow up adjustment.

Drug-Free Treatment

If your baby’s pediatrician discovers your child to have acid reflux, there are usually quite a few tests involved and many times babies are prescribed medications that have side effects. Chiropractic care allows your baby the chance to feel better without the risk of medications.

When it comes to your baby’s acid reflux or colic, ask your baby’s doctor about chiropractic care before other treatment options are pursued. Also, don’t let your doctor dismiss your baby’s fussiness for the normal colic. You and your baby deserve a chance to feel better.


Story Credit, Image Credit: The Colic Hold by Andrew Laing. Used under a Creative Commons license. 

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