Excessive crying for an infant is defined as crying more than 3 hours in a day. Once other causes have been ruled out (including fever, ear infection, etc), what is a parent to do?
Chinese Medicine is very effective in treating infant colic. Digestive difficulties are often the cause of excessive crying in Chinese medical theory. Babies digestive systems are inherently weak and not yet fully developed, leading to discomfort and difficulty sleeping. Adjustments to the diet, abdominal massage, acupuncture, and/or herbs treat the problem very effectively. Take a look at this study on acupuncture and colic, where babies were treated 2 times a week with one acupuncture point. Just this one point reduced the duration and intensity of crying of babies in this study. Pretty sweet!
If you're looking to learn more about how Chinese Medicine can help with common childhood ailments, check out this book. Diet and massage techniques can go a long way, and if needed, call for an appointment.
Cheryl House, L. Ac., DACM, FABORM