Colic and the Unsettled Baby

Comfort and calm;
Navigating colic and an unsettled baby with Cotlew St. Osteopathy.

Welcoming a new addition to the family is a joyous occasion, but the challenges of a colicky or unsettled baby can test even the most seasoned parents. At Cotlew St. Osteopathy we understand the struggles that come with a fussy infant.

Understanding Colic

Colic is a term used to describe excessive often inconsolable crying in an otherwise healthy and well-fed baby. It is defined as crying for more than 3 hours a day, at least 3 days per week, for more than 3 weeks. It is a very stressful event to go through often affecting family dynamics. Other signs that accompany this crying include the baby clenching their fists, arching their back, pulling their legs up, flushing red in the face and a distended belly. Most of these signs are associated with gastrointestinal disturbances and a gassy tummy.

How can Osteopathy help my colicky baby?

Osteopathy offers a wholistic approach to addressing the discomfort associated with colic and unsettled behaviour in infants. By addressing the musculoskeletal component of colic Victoria aims to:

  1. Release Tension: Osteopaths have specific techniques suited to infants to release tension in their body. Areas that are generally addressed include the abdomen, pelvis, hips and spine.
  2. Enhance Digestive function: Osteopathy aims to help support digestive function, addressing any imbalances that may contribute to colic symptoms.
  3. Promote relaxation: By promoting relaxation, Osteopathy can help reduce stress and discomfort, leading to a calmer and more settled demeanor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Colic affects 1 in 5 babies and is most common between the ages of 2 weeks and 4 months.

Yes, Victoria at Cotlew St. Osteopathy will provide guidance on soothing techniques, home exercises, feeding, dietary advice and other lifestyle adjustments that may help between treatments. Sometimes referral to another health professional such as a lactation consultant or GP may occur to help co-manage the baby.

Some different tips you may like to try at home to help soothe your baby include gentle massage and bicycle legs to help with gas; white noise or silence; gentle rocking or motion; warm bath; trying different positions like holding upright; swaddling; leaving the house for a walk outside in the fresh air; and pacifying with a dummy between feeds.

Cotlew St. Osteopathy

Cotlew St. Osteopathy is dedicated to providing compassionate care for your unsettled baby.

By addressing the root causes of colic through a tailored Osteopathic approach, we strive to bring comfort to both the infant and family.

If you have an unsettled baby or suspect colic, contact Cotlew St. Osteopathy for a consultation. Let us be your partners in creating a calm environment for your little one. Schedule an appointment today and take the first steps towards a more content baby.