Chronic constipation second most frequent pediatric complaint
Study Shows Chiropractic Care Benefits Constipated Infants
(April 2, 2009, West Hartford). A very small study group-three infants, all under two years of age-was put into chiropractic care for periods of three weeks to three months in a controlled research project. Following the study, which was funded by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association of Media, PA, all three children showed marked improvement in their condition.
"Chronic constipation afflicts the very young and the aged among our population with more frequency than the rest of us," said West Hartford-based Dr. Moshe Laub, D.C. "This problem accounts for 25% of all visits to pediatric gastroenterologists, but few formal studies have been conducted."
Researchers chose three infants who were experiencing infrequent bowel movements of from once a week to once every 3 or 4 days. Parents of these infants had tried dietary changes and the use of cod liver oil and mineral oil, all under the direction of medical doctors. Nothing worked.
"The infants received full spinal chiropractic care," said Dr. Laub, "for periods ranging from three weeks to three months. All three experienced almost immediate improvement, and by the end of the study, all three had bowel movements at least once every 1-2 days."
"This study represents a very preliminary level of findings, and much more research is needed," Dr. Laub added. "But the results should offer some encouragement for parents of children with this problem."
"The successful chiropractic care of pediatric patients with chronic constipation: A case study and selective review of the literature," Clinical Chiropractic (2008) 11, 138-147.