Here is a great article by Dr. Jennifer Barham from with a number of suggestions that may offer your newborn effective relief from colic…


  1. Have your baby assessed by a chiropractor who is confident working with infants.

    The healthy functioning of your baby’s spine and nervous system will play an integral role in the overall health of your child. Chiropractic adjustments for the correction of nerve dysfunction (vertebral subluxations) have been acknowledged as an effective therapeutic tool for infantile colic. While every infant’s case is individual and there are no guarantees -evidence suggests chiropractic typically has  a 94% success rate with colic.1 If you intuitively feel that something is not right with your baby, I urge you to have them assessed by a chiropractic doctor. Healthy babies, free of nerve irritation, are happier babies.
  2. If you are breastfeeding, seek advice on correct techniques.

    If you are breastfeeding, the right advice from a lactation consultant can make a world of difference. Learning to breastfeed can be challenging for both mother and baby and it can be harder again if a newborn has had some form of injury to the jaw or skull from the birth process. Sometimes newborns are unable to suckle properly because they are in pain; they may gulp and swallow unnecessary air in the process.Chiropractic adjustments in the early stages of neurological imprinting safely and effectively address dysfunction and help restore natural, efficient suckling patterns for infants.
  3. Allow time to burp your baby.

    Newborn babies will take a period of time to learn how to correctly feed, burp and digest their food. It is therefore important in the haste of our day that we allow our newborns any additional time they may need to burp.To assist burping: sit your baby on your lap, place your hand across their chest and lift them up slightly; this lightens the pressure on their stomach and encourages them to burp.How often should you burp a colicky newborn? When bottle feeding, ideally try to burp them after every ounce of milk. If breastfeeding, attempt to burp them whenever they come off the breast as this is often a sign that they have wind.
  4. If breastfeeding, cut out all of those ‘typically troublesome foods’.

    If you’re breastfeeding and your newborn is suffering with colic, it is imperative—for a period of time at least—to steer away from foods known to cause irritation. Some of these irritants include drinks such as wine, champagne, fizzy drinks, coffee, tea and other caffeinated drinks. Foods include chocolate, acidic fruits such as oranges and berries, heavily spiced foods, lentils, split peas (such as pea and ham soup), garlic, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and secondary proteins such as beans.
  5. If breastfeeding, get off the cow’s milk! There is a lot of literature which discusses today’s high incidence of cow’s milk allergies, i.e. milk protein allergies and/or lactose intolerance. In fact statistics indicate that many of us may unknowingly suffer with these low-grade sensitivities. This is a concern for both breastfed and formula-fed babies.Some breastfeeding mothers find that if they cut out cow’s milk and dairy from their diet, their baby’s colicky symptoms improve. You could trial this for one week and if your baby’s symptoms improve then you most likely have an allergy to the protein or the sugar in milk. Seek further allergy and dietary advice and try to source alternative calcium-rich foods.
  6. Give your newborn high quality probiotics. Probiotics are extremely important for both breastfed and formula-fed babies. Probiotics are living organisms which strengthen the integrity of the bowel and stimulate the immune system. The anti-inflammatory effects on the bowel is particularly beneficial for colicky babies.Breastfeeding mothers can drop the probiotics into the newborn baby’s mouth just before they attach to the nipple. Probiotics can also be added to a bottle of formula just prior to feeding your baby.
  7. Carrying position and stomach massage for your baby.

    By carrying your baby across your forearm with their stomach facing down, you are able to elongate their abdominal area, offering your infant some relief whilst you massage their stomach. To hold your baby like this, extend your forearm across your body and then place your baby face down on top of this forearm with their head close to your elbow and your hand underneath their nappy/groin area. Your baby’s legs will fall either side of your hand. In this position you should be able to hold the baby entirely with this arm. Now with your free hand gently place your fingers on the middle of your newborn’s upper tummy area—just under your baby’s lowest rib. Very gently start to rub your fingers in a downwards motion towards your baby’s belly button.The intention of this massage is to help relax the stomach. It may help to imagine that with your gentle finger movements you are trying to elongate a small tight ball of play dough into a flat pancake shape.

Here is some fascinating research on colic relief that has stood the test of time…

Two major studies on chiropractic and infantile colic have shown how spinal adjustments may have a positive effect on colic.

One study carried out in 19892 was published in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics. In this study, 73 chiropractors adjusted the spines of 316 infants with moderate to severe cases of colic. These babies were averaging 5.2 hours of crying per day. The infants’ mothers were given a diary to record the baby’s symptoms, intensity and length of colicky crying and the level of comfort or discomfort of the infant. Over a period of two weeks (usually three visits), 94% of the infants treated with spinal adjustments showed a successful rating when compared with the other group of babies. One fourth of these showed improvement after the first adjustment. The other group of babies, who were medicated using Dimethicone drops, only improved by 38%. Again in 19993, researchers compared their new results with this previous trial and the results of the two studies were virtually identical.