Many infants suffer from colic and wind pain. Colic symptoms include the baby’s abdomen becoming hard, squirming of the baby’s legs due to pain in the digestive tract, and a difficulty bringing up or expelling wind. 

Causes of colic include:

  • The increase in gas in the gut can increase irritability in the nervous system.
  • The head might have endured some tension during the birth process especially if there was ventouse or forceps use.
  • A quick pushing stage can also cause some overstimulation of the nervous system.
  • Even c-section born babies can have colic. If they were stuck in the birth canal before an emergency c-section was performed, there could be some strains around the cranial bones. Even elective caesarian can result in colic. This is because the baby is suddenly exposed to the outside world without the pressure of contractions.

Osteopathically, we think that treatment should be directed at the gut and head. By improving the function of the pelvis, spine and ribs to allow better nerve and blood supply to the digestive tract and less twisting and compression through the abdomen, the strained tissues can ease and the nervous system can calm down. In some cases, we work together with lactation consultants, midwives, paediatric dentists, physiotherapists, and GPs to get an improved outcome for the baby and family.

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Hayden C, Mullinger B

Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice Volume 12, Issue 2, May , Pages 83–90 2006

Treated infants also required less parental attention than the untreated group. In conclusion, this preliminary study suggests that cranial osteopathic treatment can benefit infants with colic; a larger, double-blind study is warranted.

Gludovatz Petra Dipl. PT

Though a relatively small number of test persons was included in the study, the results clearly indicate a positive effect of osteopathic methods on three months colic, particularly with regards to crying habits. This effect is expressed in absolute numbers as well as in statistical tendency.