Infantile Colic and Chiropractic
Colic is one of the most common complaints of infants resulting in excessive crying and other negative behavioral patterns. A study conducted by Miller, et al, examined the long term effects of toddlers with infant colic treated with chiropractic care versus those who had not. The results showed that toddlers treated with chiropractic care had less negative behavioral and sleep patterns compared to those who had not experienced chiropractic care.
The objective of the study was to investigate the alleviation of long-term effects of infant colic on the toddler and document any behavioral or sleep disturbances experienced by post-colicky toddlers who were previously treated with chiropractic care versus those who had not experienced this treatment as an infant.
The investigators examined the clinic records of two groups of children, one from a chiropractic clinic and the other from a child care center, both in similar regions in England. Parents of the toddlers surveyed included 117 post-colicky toddlers in the treatment group and 111 post-colicky toddlers in the non-treatment group.
Results showed that toddlers treated with chiropractic care were twice as likely not to experience long term symptoms of infantile colic, such as temper tantrums and frequent nocturnal waking, than those not treated with chiropractic care. Untreated post-colicky infants demonstrated negative behavioral patterns at 2 to 3 years old. In this study, parents of children treated with chiropractic care for excessive crying also did not report as many difficult behavioral and sleep patterns of their toddler than those not treated with chiropractic care. These findings, the investigators concluded, "suggest that chiropractic care for infants with colic may have an effect on long term symptoms."