We first met Noah in 2012 when he was six weeks old. Noah’s mom says, “when my son was born it was the happiest time in my life. Once we brought him home, he started to cry the majority of the time. We took him to the doctor 1-2 times a week trying to resolve his crying spells.” Noah’s pediatrician recommended special formulas and bottles and prescribed anti-reflux medications in response to the digestive symptoms his mom and dad reported. But Noah’s health continued to decline. More than likely these recommendations exacerbated Noah’s condition, and made way for this immune system to deteriorate, because what all infants thrive on is breast milk. “According to Dr. Perlmutter, following nature’s way through vaginal delivery and breastfeeding sets the stage for the infant to receive the building blocks necessary to develop a strong immune system, which protects the fragile newborn from pathogens and potential infections from infancy all through life.” It wasn’t long before Noah’s mom was lost and frustrated, she says, “my mom even came to stay with me for one month to try and help me with him.”
What caused my baby’s colic?
Colic is a very common diagnosis for infants, and mothers are often left wondering, “what caused my baby’s colic, and did I contribute to his/her health decline?” The answer is absolutely not! However, colic is not normal and infants should not experience frequent fussiness and digestive issues. Rest assured these issues are not genetic, in fact, experts say colic is rooted in the brain-gut relationship, and is easily avoidable:
The brain and gut communicate via the vagus nerve and the enteric (intestinal) nervous system, also called “the second brain.” The vagus nerve is the primary channel of information between the central nervous system and the intestinal nervous system, extending from the brain to the abdomen. The second brain and central nervous systems are created from the same fetal tissue and are connected via the vagus nerve. Scientists have found that the kinds of bacteria in the gut “directly affect the stimulation and function of the cells along the vagus nerve.” The second brain makes 80-90 percent of the body’s supply of the hormone serotonin, the feel-good chemical—much more than the brain produces.
What is causing the vagus nerve to misfire?
During the birthing process there is almost always some type of pulling, twisting, or lodging of the baby’s head when exiting the birth canal. It’s just the very nature of birth itself and is in no way caused by the mother. When this twisting and pulling occurs it is very likely (every 8 in 10 babies) that a subluxation of the cervical vertebrae will occur. A subluxation is a misalignment of the top two bones in the spine, located near the brain stem, which impairs the ability of the central nervous system to function properly. This includes the vagus nerve and every other cell, tissue, and organ within the body, including the digestive organs! The good news is, Upper Cervical Chiropractic for colic is a natural and effective option!
100% of parents of babies with colic report an average improvement of 94%
Colic Improves with Upper Cervical Chiropractic!
After seeing little improvement in Noah following the pediatricians recommendations, Noah’s mom scheduled an exam with our doctors and it was confirmed that Noah has a subluxation. She says, “after only two weeks of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care, we began to see improvements with his sleeping, he was crying less, and went back to straight breast milk!”
It’s vital to understand that colic is not a disease that a young child will have to grow with, neither is it an indication that a baby will become an unhealthy child. Colic is very simply an indication that something within the body is not functioning properly, and most of the time it’s the nervous system. Like most all pediatric patients, the symptom or illness is serving as the indication that a subluxation is present.
How do I know if my child has a subluxation?
Having a physical examination by an Upper Cervical Chiropractor is the best way to discover whether or not a subluxation is present. During the physical examination we look for heat differentiation between the two sides of the neck, this is an indicator that one side is experiencing lesser blood flow to the brain. We also look to see if one leg is shorter, this tells us that muscular imbalance is present throughout the body. Why are we so specific? There are 274 unique ways in which the top two bones in the neck can become misaligned, meaning every person’s misalignment and subluxation is unique.
Upper cervical chiropractors remove subluxations, and reverse the effects of birth trauma for optimal healing.
Upper Cervical Chiropractors are specifically trained to detect, analyze, and remove a subluxation of the spine. Because the body is unable to correct subluxations on its own, it requires an outside force. We use an instrument which delivers a gentle correction to only the cervical vertebrae. This gentle force does not cure illnesses; it does, however, restore the nervous system and allow the body to self-heal. It’s the nervous system which combats illnesses naturally from within the body! When the nervous system is free of subluxation, healing WILL occur!