Colic can be difficult to identify in a baby. However it is generally understood to be signs and symptoms lasting 3 hours a day, three days a week for 3 weeks. Symptoms differ but consist generally of crying and irritability which does not respond to soothing, possible signs of stomach upset or bloating, excessive wind, pulling the knees up close towards the chest and pulling faces suggesting discomfort at the exact same time.
It generally begins in the first couple of weeks of life, peaks at 2 months and continues to 4 or 5 months, with exceptions which finish sooner or might continue for a lot longer. Colic is a diagnosis of exclusion and every other potential leads to of pain or irritability ought to be ruled out prior to the identification is confirmed.
The leads to of the colic symptoms may differ which is why it’s difficult to treat. There may be food sensitivities, structural disturbance or even poor care-giving. As a outcome there’s no single clear-cut treatment which will resolve the problem. As in all osteopathic practice each case should be considered on its personal.
Osteopathic evaluation might figure out that there are strains via the thorax, abdomen or pelvis which could result in irritable bowel, constipation or food intolerance. There may also be dysfunction in the base from the skull affecting the major nerves supplying the gut area, which could in turn be aggravated by the development of the posterior cervical muscles, exacerbating tissue strains in the area.
Some colic may be much more to do with generalised discomfort. This could result from mechanical strains throughout birth affecting the chest, neck or head and resulting in the equivalent of headaches and connected nausea.
Osteopathic therapy can assist with all of these potential leads to of colic, and in general does have good results. If a infant is taken for osteopathic assessment and treatment, expect plenty of questions about the pregnancy and birth and even your personal family history. Therapy is best carried out by a cranial osteopath with encounter in treating babies and children. Cranial osteopathy is explained elsewhere, but it’s a refined and gentle form of therapy for adults and children which achieves excellent results.