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Colic

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Colic is a condition in young infants characterized by an unusual amount of crying.  When they cry, they may draw their arms and legs toward their bodies because they are in pain and may even turn bright red. Colic usually appears between the 3rd and 6th week after birth, but may occur at any time. Although no one is certain what causes colic, there are a number of things that likely contribute, such as an immature and irritated nervous system, food sensitivities and gastrointestinal upset.  All of these problems are usually the result of microtrauma to the infant's spine during child birth.

Because the birthing process is very stressful on the neck of a newborn, it is very common for there to be several subluxations in the neck and back that can irritate the tiny and delicate nervous system. It has also been observed that babies with colic seem to need more attention and are more sensitive to the things around them than other babies - again indicating that there are some neurological differences.

Birth trauma often causes neurological dysfunction.  In fact, a study by Gutmann examining more than 1000 infants concluded that approximately 80% had some form of nerve dysfunction.  This is of utmost importance since 65% of neurological development (brain and nervous system) occurs in your child's first year.  During this crucial time, it is vital that the nerve system be healthy so the child can grow and develop to their potential.  This is why it is vital that a newborn be evaluated for upper neck dysfunction as soon as possible to rule out pathology.

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