These 5 Strategies Can Help Prevent Colic

All babies cry. Their communication options are pretty limited, so they have to do something to communicate their needs. However, when the crying begins suddenly and for no apparent reason, that's different.

Colic isn't a disease, rather a series of observable behaviors such as abdominal distension, cold feet, clenched hands, drawn up legs, irritability and excessive crying. It's important for parents, especially new parents, to understand that it's not your fault. Most babies go through a period of time where they cry more than others. In many cases, it should subside after the baby is 3-4 months old.

There are some steps you can take to limit and possibly prevent episodes. Below are 5 steps that have shown to be beneficial.

  1. Small, frequent meals.

  2. Probiotics that contain a live strain of Bifidobacterium lactis.

  3. The breastfeeding mother should avoid foods that are high in sulfur and promote gas production like: broccoli, turnips, kale, brussel sprouts, cabbage, onion and cauliflower.

  4. Turn lights off and keep your surroundings quiet. Excessive stimulation can make the situation worse.

  5. Screen for food intolerances, allergies and sensitivities.

We regularly see newborns in our office. From a NeuroStructural standpoint, we first evaluate the spine, muscle tone and reflexes. After observing the baby over a few visits and paying attention to patterns of behavior, we determine the best course of action. In some cases that might mean very gentle corrections applied to the joints and muscles along the spine. In the case of colic, that might also include trigger point release work around the diaphragm.

The bones in the top part of the spine protect one of the most important areas of the nervous system called the brain-stem. This area is responsible for controlling the automatic nervous system, which regulates the digestive tract. For this reason, the first area we check on a newborn is the first bone in the neck to make sure it's moving properly and there's no pressure on the brain-stem.