PURPLE Crying: What is it and how Chiropractic Care Can Help?

Purple crying

PURPLE Crying: What is it and how Chiropractic Care Can Help?

Parenthood brings immense joy, but it also presents a myriad of challenges, especially when it comes to understanding and soothing your babies cries. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by your infants prolonged and seemingly inconsolable crying spells, you may have encountered what experts call PURPLE crying.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into what PURPLE crying is,

its significance, and how chiropractic care at Ohana Chiropractic and Wellbeing can be a gentle and effective solution for your little one.

What is PURPLE Crying?

PURPLE crying is a term coined by pediatrician Dr. Ronald Barr to describe a specific type of infant crying pattern. The acronym stands for:

  1. Peak of crying
  2. Unexpected
  3. Resists soothing
  4. Pain-like face
  5. Long-lasting
  6. Evening


This phase typically begins around 2 weeks of age, peaks around 2 to 3 months, and gradually decreases by 3 to 5 months of age. During this period, babies may cry for extended periods, often in the late afternoon or evening, without an apparent reason. Despite your best efforts, such as feeding, changing nappies, or cuddling, your baby may remain fussy and inconsolable.

Understanding the Significance

Understanding PURPLE crying is crucial for parents as it reassures them that their babies crying is a normal developmental phase and not necessarily indicative of an underlying health issue. While it can be distressing for caregivers, knowing that this phase is temporary can provide some relief.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Purple Crying

Chiropractic care for babies focuses on ensuring the proper alignment of the spine and function of the nervous system. Here’s how chiropractic care at Ohana Chiropractic and Wellbeing may help soothe your baby during the PURPLE crying phase:

Alignment Correction:

Birth can be a physically traumatic experience for babies, which may lead to misalignments in the spine or extremities (skull, arms and legs).

These misalignments can interfere with the body and nervous system’s function, potentially contributing to discomfort and irritability. Gentle chiropractic adjustments tailored to infants can help correct these misalignments, promoting optimal nervous system function and alleviating any associated discomfort.

Improved Comfort:

Chiropractic adjustments can also help relieve tension in the muscles and joints, providing your baby with greater comfort and ease of movement. By addressing any musculoskeletal issues that may be contributing to your babies fussiness, chiropractic care can help reduce the intensity and duration of crying episodes.

Enhanced Sleep Quality:

Sleep disturbances are common during the PURPLE crying phase, both for babies and their exhausted parents. Chiropractic care can promote better sleep by addressing any underlying issues that may be disrupting your babies sleep patterns, such as discomfort or tension.

Holistic Approach:

At Ohana Chiropractic and Wellbeing, we take a holistic approach to infant care, focusing on the bodies innate ability to heal and thrive.

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, we may provide guidance on nutrition, feeding techniques, and lifestyle factors that can support your babies health and well-being. Dr Jolene Cooney senior chiropractor here at Ohana has completed two years of advanced paediatric training and as a parent herself, understands the challenges of caring for a newborn, especially during the PURPLE crying phase.

Our compassionate team at Ohana Chiropractic and Wellbeing is here to support you and your baby every step of the way, offering gentle and effective chiropractic care tailored to your little one’s unique needs.

If you’re seeking natural and holistic solutions to help soothe your baby during the PURPLE crying phase, we invite you to schedule a consultation with us. Together, we can help your baby thrive and bring more peace and harmony to your families life.

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