After looking forward to the birth of a new baby, parents are sometimes broadsided with a newborn who cries incessantly.  How is a mom or dad to respond to a baby who is inconsolable?

No one sleeps.  No one, including the baby, enjoys the crying.  She’s not crying to get attention.  Mommy and daddy would give her attention regardless!  She’s crying because she’s in pain and can’t sleep.

Everyone is tired.  Mom and dad don’t bond with the child properly.  Without sleep, baby can’t grow and develop properly.  While crying, baby can’t observe the world and assimilate sights, sounds, smells and tastes efficiently.  Frustration abounds, and colic can be associated with breastfeeding failure, postpartum depression, shaken-baby syndrome, and even SIDS.

Colic is diagnosed when a baby (usually beginning around 3 weeks of age) begins crying for an unknown reason for at least 3 hours a day, at least 3 days a week for at least 3 weeks.  It’s believed that colic is related to acid reflux or gastro-intestinal (GI) problems, but that is not definitive.

As long as there are no “red-flag” symptoms which would indicate the baby needs immediate medical help, the following are often recommended: diet changes for the breastfeeding mother, probiotics for the baby, stomach massage, soothing measures the same as that which would work on a non-colicky baby, or medicine for acid reflux.

In addition to these, chiropractic has been shown to help the baby to sleep as well as to improve digestive (GI) function.  When baby sleeps better and can digest food properly, she will feel better and be happier.  When baby’s happy, the family is happy.  Adjusting the baby is very gentle and effective. I have adjusted my son as well as a number of other babies and it has been extremely helpful for various health issues.

As a mom, I would do anything (healthy) to help my baby feel better and stop crying.  What will you do?


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Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including children’s conditions such as ear infections, colic and scoliosis and problems that adults face including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at