Colicky Baby? We can help with that!

posted on 1/5/2019 in Blog

Does your colicky baby have you feeling frustrated & helpless?

We know colic can be difficult for both baby and parents, but colic is treatable. Why not try a new approach that is simple, safe and natural?


We know that relief from colic can’t come soon enough for baby or parents...
Why not try a new approach – especially one that is simple, safe and natural?

colic chiropractic adjustment

Chiropractic adjustments are safe, gentle and effective. Adjustments can offer immediate relief for your baby!

  •  Better more restful sleep 
  •  Relief from gas pains and indigestion
  •  Improved nursing
  •  A happier more content baby
  •  A happier and more rested mom and dad

Dr. Kellie Hoover prenatal and postnatal chiropractic specialistPEDIATRIC & POSTNATAL SPECIALIST

Dr. Kellie Hoover specializes in pediatric, postnatal and prenatal care. She has dedicated her career to the health and wellness children and pregnant women. Dr. Kellie holds a Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, an honor few doctors in Iowa have attained.

As a mother of two, Dr. Kellie knows  firsthand how difficult it can be to deal with a fussy baby that wont sleep. As difficult as colic is for a baby, it is just as hard for the parents.

Even if everything else in life is perfect, colic is incredibly difficult to deal with. Relief can’t come soon enough. Why not try one more approach – especially one that is simple, safe and natural?


colic chiropractic success story

"I brought Paisley in when she was six weeks old. She was having colic and reflux issues. Paisley is a different baby since coming to Iowa Family Chiropractic. She sleeps through the night and is the happiest baby ever! My experience has been nothing short of awesome."

Samantha Wears, Bondurant
Mother of two and a patient at Iowa Family Chiropractic


colic chiropractic success story

"We first brought our newborn to Iowa Family Chiropractic because of the difficult delivery. After a few visits her whole personality changed for the better. She has been a super happy baby since, and I believe a BIG factor is the care of Dr. Kellie. She addresses the issue and explains how she can help your body correct and heal itself. I would recommend IFC to anyone."

Zac Morlan, West Des Moines
Father and a patient at Iowa Family Chiropractic


colic chiropractic adjustment

We know as difficult as colic is for a baby, it is just as hard for the parents. You’re both cranky, tired and irritable. Don’t you think you owe it to yourself and your baby to give chiropractic care a try?

Chiropractic adjustments are safe and effective. We use gentle touch, never fast movements or heavy pressure. Most parents say that they wouldn't even know we are making adjustments if we hadn't explained what we were doing at the time.

Chiropractic adjustments make the body function better. For most adults, the symptom may be pain, indigestion, or insomnia. For babies, it may be colic, reflux or ear infections. The symptom itself isn't the problem - it is a sign that there IS a problem. Adjustments normalize the body and allow it to function at 100%, which is why symptoms are relieved.

Chiropractic care is a gentle, safe, and a highly successful option for treating infants with colic. Here's what a chiropractic adjustment can do for a baby suffering from colic:

  • Reduces stress, increasing relaxation (essential for developing brain and nervous system)
  • Improves latch for babies who are breastfeeding, decreasing gas in the stomach
  • Alleviates nerve disturbances to the digestive system that cause gas to build up causing discomfort
  • Restores motion to joints and eliminates discomfort resulting from irritated nerves (relieves the tension from prolonged crying)


As any new parent knows, colic is a term used to describe a condition wherein an infant cries uncontrollably and inexplicably for more than three hours per day. Colic has been widely attributed to digestive problems and indigestion, but is still not well understood–largely because the patient can’t describe his or her symptoms.

When adults and kids have a headache, neck pain, or back pain they talk about it and complain about it. When a baby has a headache, neck pain, or back pain they can’t complain about it or talk about it so they cry. Many parents have said at least once that they don’t know why their baby is crying. They said they have tried everything, but did they try visiting a chiropractor that specializes in pediatrics?


At one time infantile colic was thought to be a result of the child having indigestion. Today, infantile colic is described as “unexplainable and uncontrollable crying in babies from 0 to 3 months old, occurring more than 3 hours a day, 3 days a week for 3 weeks or more, generally occurring in the late afternoon or evening”. Now, as a parent, is that an acceptable answer from a doctor that is supposed to be an expert on babies?

We don't thinks so.

Many babies, especially those that have experienced difficult births, have distortions present in their upper spines which–while they will work themselves out over time–can cause a cascade of symptoms in their early months.  Correction of these subluxations through manipulation of the upper cervical spine by a chiropractor has been shown in a 1999 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics to result in dramatically better results when treating colic than through the use of traditionally prescribed medication. 


A study published in the German medical journal “Manual Medicine” involved a group of 1258 babies who had their spines examined by two medical doctors within 5 days of birth. Of this group 211 suffered from vomiting, hyperactivity, or sleeplessness. Manual examination of the babies revealed spinal abnormalities in 95% of the group.

As a chiropractor who specializes in pediatrics our goal is to help your baby grow naturally and properly. When a doctor is performing a cesarean delivery, it is estimated that the baby is removed with between 50-88 pounds of force. There are also chances that clamps or a vacuum might be used to assist in delivery.

Now I want you to imagine what this experience might feel like and how your head and neck might feel after?

If a child has a subluxation then there is a great chance that it is interfering with your child’s natural function and causing discomfort or even pain. A light chiropractic adjustment to clear up a subluxation helps the body heal and restore proper nervous system function. As a result, not only will your child(ren) breastfeed better, they may cry less due to the lack of present subluxations. They are also at a decreased risk for allergies, ADD/ADHD, colds, flus, ear infections, asthma, and delayed development. Specialized pediatric chiropractic care for your child can make a world of difference in their life and yours.

If you have a baby at home or a baby on the way, please call Iowa Family Chiropractic to discuss how you can get your baby prepared for a life of health and wellness.

Dr. Kellie and her familyA Message From Dr. Kellie

As a mother of two, I know firsthand what it is like to be overwhelmed with a fussy infant that wont sleep and just wont give you a break. Having a new baby at home is difficult enough, having one who is upset and can't tell you what's wrong is even harder. 

I want you to know - There is help. Colic is real, it is preventable and it is treatable!

The first few months of life are very important for both you and your baby. This is a vital time for bonding and relationship building. This should be a time you are able to enjoy and remember with happiness.

Please don't let colic ruin this time for you and your baby.

As difficult as colic is for a baby, it is just as hard for the parents. This can be especially difficult for a mother who has other children to care for, who has returned to work, or who is suffering from postpartum depression.

Even if everything else in life is perfect, colic is incredibly difficult to deal with.

I have devoted my career to helping families. I know the difference chiropractic care can make to a family that is struggling with a colicky baby.

It is such an amazing feeling when I have a mom tell me, with such relief, "They're like a different baby now" And I will tell you, this is more common than not.

If your new family is suffering, please take this opportunity! You owe it to yourself and your baby. Come discover the difference of specialized pediatric care at Iowa Family Chiropractic.

Dr. Kellie

  1. babies
  2. children
  3. chiropractic
  4. colic
  5. infants
  6. pregnancy

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