Since nobody really knows what colic is and how to help these hurting babies who come to us, I am wondering if being breech is a risk factor. I understand that breech presentation makes spinal subluxation more likely. Breech babies have a higher likelihood of other minor (and some major) problems. Most of them are declared perfectly normal at birth. But I do wonder if there is a higher percentage of breech babies who have trouble acclimating to the world in the first few months.
There’s an awful lot out there about chiropractic and other manipulative therapies helping babies who suffer from colic. Many individual case studies indicate the baby was breech.
My current thinking is that if there is a correlation between babies who are found in the breech position at term and those who suffer in their first few months in your family, it has more to do with their births. Most breech babies in the western world experience cesarean or instrument assisted (forceps, typically) birth. Even a gentle hands-off vaginal breech birth is likely more traumatic for the baby than it would be head-down.
So does it follow that a difficult, surprise, or forced birth leads to an increase in colicky behavior? If you know anything about this, have experience, or any insights, please let me know!