Infant Struggling With Colic

Even though there us no exact cause of colic, many experts believe the issue arises from the gut. Possible issues could be an immature digestive system/gas, infant acid reflux, food allergies or sensitivity and many others. Other nondigestive factors could be overstimulation or possibly even tobacco exposure.

A main sign of a colicky baby in Simi Valley or Los Angeles is intense crying episodes. All babies cry, of course, however the cry of a colicky baby is different. Your otherwise healthy, well-fed baby may be diagnosed with colic if he or she fits what many doctors call the “Rule of 3s”:

  • Loud, piercing cry that begins around 3 weeks old
  • Lasts more than 3 hours a day
  • Occurs more than 3 days a week
  • Continues for over 3 weeks


There is much supporting evidence on the important link between specialized chiropractic care and the relief of colic symptoms. A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics demonstrated a significant improvement in colic from chiropractic care. Based on parent reporting, the three-month long study showed that there was a positive improvement in 94% of the cases.


Chiropractic Care for Colic at Nurture Family ChiropracticChiropractic care in Los Angeles and Simi Valley is one of the safer, more natural methods of colic relief. The simple reason is this: Chiropractors address underlying issues in the central nervous system and spine—namely a condition called subluxation. Subluxation is a misalignment in one or more of the vertebrae of the spine. This misalignment prevents the nervous system from functioning properly, which can cause stress or dysfunction in all parts of the body—including your infant’s digestive system and gut.

A chiropractor can remove the subluxation through a gentle and safe chiropractic adjustment, treating patients as young as minutes old. Dr. Heather Valinsky using her years of Specialized training in pediatric care, performs gentle and precise adjustments  to your infant’s spine either on special pillows or on the parent’s chest to make a more fussy baby feel at ease. This will help to remove any subluxations and restore proper motion. In our experience, out parents report seeing immediate changes in the baby’s demeanor and see baby begin to calm, relax and stop crying.

Gentle spinal adjustments can release the interference with the digestive tract and allow it to function normally. Though colic does not cause short or long-term medical issues for baby, it can be extremely stressful for parents. No parent likes to feel helpless to sooth their baby and not understand why their child is crying and why nothing they do calms their baby.

Soothing techniques usually suggested include swaddling, Infant massage and food or diet changes. Dr. Heather Valinsky has found in many cases, that the baby has restricted motion of the pelvis, which causes restriction in bowel and gas movements.

The interference can occur in infants with the cramped positioning in mommies belly, during a difficult birth(i.e. Use of Forceps, Vaccuum, etc.),Breech babies, or restricted motion during pregnancy.


In our experience, most babies have no reaction to an adjustment. After a treatment, babies are often very calm and relaxed, sometimes even falling asleep before the end of the visit. If you know any parents experiencing the difficulty of a colicky baby, suggest they see Dr. Heather Valinsky or a chiropractor in Los Angeles or Simi Valley that specializes in pediatrics near you.