Infantile Colic | Cranial Osteopathy in Infantile Colic

Infantile Colic research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

Background Excessive Crying (Infantile Colic) is one of the most common complaints for which parents seek treatment. These otherwise healthy and well fed infants show no signs of failure to thrive, cry without identifiable cause, fuss a lot and are hard-to-soothe. Objective To explore the feasibility of running a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) that investigates the effectiveness of cranial osteopathy in addition to usual National Health Service (NHS) care in infants with colic. Methods Pragmatic randomised controlled trial, involving United Kingdom (UK) osteopaths in private practice and NHS health visitors. Parents of 60 excessively crying infants/infants with colic will be recruited by NHS health visitors. Infants will be included into the study if they are healthy (full-term) and aged 1-7 weeks, diagnosed with excessive crying/infantile colic, and have no co-morbidities. Participants will be randomised into the usual NHS care group or the usual NHS care plus cranial osteopathic intervention group. Usual NHS care will be provided by health visitors and osteopathic treatment will be carried out by experienced osteopaths in private practice. Primary outcome measures are acceptability and feasibility of intervention procedures. Furthermore, changes in the frequency and duration of crying will be documented in a daily crying diary. Parental quality of life will also be assessed. This pilot investigation will provide useful information in order to further develop and adapt the current interventions and trial procedures with a view to a full-scale randomised controlled trial.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - healthy, diagnosed with excessive crying by NHS Health Visitors No comorbidities Parents are able to adequately communicate in English Exclusion Criteria: - Currently participating in other therapeutic clinical trials Currently receive manual therapy treatment

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Infantile Colic

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Other:Usual NHS CareUsual NHS care is provided by a health visitor who will diagnose excessively crying infants/infants with colic in the first instance. Parents usually will then have the opportunity to consult their health visitor when needed. The health visitor will provide support and advice on how to manage the condition within their professional remit.

Other:Osteopathic Manipulative TherapyOsteopathic treatment will be provided by experienced osteopaths once a week for up to four weeks, depending on needs. Treatment will be individualised, according to clinical findings, and involves using standard cranial osteopathic techniques. All parents will be able to ask questions.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Usual NHS care

Usual NHS Care plus Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy

Study Status

Unknown status

Start Date: June 2014

Completed Date:

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Change in daily hours crying time

Secondary Outcome: Parental Quality of life

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator:

Lead Sponsor: European School of Osteopathy

Collaborator: Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy

More information:

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