Colic in babies is still a mystery to medical science. No one really knows what causes colic and its symptoms of excessive crying and turning red, poor sleep patterns and nursing problems. Few if any standard medical procedures have any great effect for a colicky baby – what works for one may not work for another.

Colic generally appears in a baby very soon after birth which, in itself is quite interesting from a causal point of view. Some schools of thought maintain that food sensitivity is the sole cause of colic in babies; others claim that its origins are in gastro-intestinal upsets – still others insist that it is based in an as yet undeveloped nervous system.

There is, however, another theory, and this one appears to be borne out by at least a modicum of evidence. This one maintains that it is likely to be not one but all three of the possibilities mentioned above.

It is interesting to note that the symptoms of colic appear very soon after birth. It is the contention of many specialists that the initial cause of colic could well be the birth itself. Particularly when you understand something about the body and how it functions the answer becomes fairly obvious. When a joint in the spine or cranium doesn't function correctly it has the potential to work against the normal operation of the body; this, in chiro-speak, is called a subluxation (mis-alignment).

A subluxation can create all manner of discomfort zones throughout the body. If, during birth, the baby experiences a subluxation of one of the tiny and very pliable vertebrae of the neck or spine it is logical to consider that this may well be the reason for the obvious discomfort of our tiny mite who doesn't have the ability to tell us what is wrong! It is up to us therefore, as the supposedly intelligent beings around the wee baby, to come up with the answer for removing the discomfort.

A subluxation can be most troublesome in many ways. A dysfunctional joint can irritate the nerves that travel to many areas of the body causing pain in varying degrees. The answer would appear to be a visit to a chiropractor specialising in children. At the first visit it will be made clear to you that a subluxation in a baby can affect the nervous system controlling the body and lead to all manner of effects. The spinal column carries the body's nerves to all parts – if the communication system becomes disrupted, the affected body part may not function properly. Chiropractic care removes the source of irritation, allowing the body to heal and operate properly.

Chiropractors help children heal and attain true health by releasing joints that aren't moving properly or to their fullest capacity. A regular check by an experienced chiropractor can not only alleviate but also prevent pain from occurring in the first place by re-alignment where necessary.

Chiropractors work on the principle of reducing interference so the nervous system and body can work better. Providing that any symptom or condition is occurring as a result of nerve interference from vertebral subluxation, there is a very good chance that it will improve with chiropractic care.