Is your newborn baby crying more regularly than usual? These episodes of prolonged crying for no apparent reasons can be a sign of infant colic. After gastro-oesophageal reflux, colic is the second most common health problem among infants. Infant colic can be very distressing for both the parents and the baby. However, it can be treated with Cranial Osteopathy for a baby.
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What is Colic?
Colic is a condition that causes abdominal discomfort, excessive crying, and difficulty settling down among babies. It affects both the sleep and feed of the baby. Colic is not harmful and usually resolves within the first year of life. Osteopathy for colic, combined with medication, can help reduce the symptoms of colic.
Symptoms of Colic
Your baby is suffering from infant colic if they have the following symptoms:
- Inconsolable crying for hours in the late afternoon or evening.
- Red face, arching back, clenching fists, or other signs of discomfort.
- Difficulty in sleeping and fussy behavior
- Repetitive episodes of crying for no apparent reasons like hunger, wet nappy, or feeling hot/cold.
- Bowel sounds
- Hard and distended abdomen
- Watery and mucousy stools.
Causes of Colic
There are about five common causes of colic, which include:
Irritable Gut – the milk quickly reaches the small intestine without being broken down in the stomach.
Poor Feeding – the baby has a latching problem in which they bring in a lot of wind while sucking the breast or bottle.
Reflux – is a condition in which the stomach contents come back to the esophagus and cause burning.
Lactose Intolerance – the baby cannot digest lactose in the milk. So, after two hours of the feed, the milk starts fermenting in the bowel.
Constipation – It is one of the most significant causes of colic among babies. During the peak time of colic, the baby becomes constipated.
How can Osteopathy Help?
Osteopathy for colic in Dubai is a gentle treatment that makes the babies feel relaxed. They often sleep after getting the treatment. It treats the latching problem that makes the feeding easier. Quite often, osteopathy treatment for colic is combined with medication depending on the baby’s condition.
The osteopathic techniques focus on the following areas;
The Gut – Osteopathic techniques are used to remove wind and empty the bowels.
The diaphragm and rib cage – The rib cage is balanced, and the torsion is released through the diaphragm with the help of osteopathic techniques.
The head, neck, and mouth – Osteopathy for colic Dubai releases the tensions in the neck and around the tongue. It allows the baby to suckle easily by bringing in less wind.
Spinal tension – Colic can sometimes cause visceral tensions that lead to spinal tensions. As a result, the movement of the back and neck also gets affected. Osteopaths can solve this condition with the help of some osteopathic techniques.
Osteopathy for Colic FAQs
How many sessions are required?
It depends on the condition of the baby and the severity of the problem. Sometimes a single session is sufficient, but in some cases, 2 to 5 sessions are required.
When to take the baby to an osteopath for colic treatment?
The ideal age for a check-up is within the first two weeks after birth. It helps the osteopath to diagnose the problem at an early stage. At an older age, the baby will require more treatments. However, if the baby was born with a difficult delivery, they should be taken to an osteopath as soon as possible.
Get a Consultation
Euromed® Clinic Center is now offering Osteopathy for colic treatment in Dubai. Our osteopaths are highly qualified and treat your babies with great care. You can book an appointment with our osteopathy experts by filling the form given below. Once you fill the form, we will schedule your consultation as soon as possible.