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Babies More Than Twice As Likely To Suffer From Colic If Moms Have Migraines

Tue, February 21, 2012 10:44pm EDT by HL Intern Add first Comment
Babies Colic Study

The ultimate torture for migraine sufferers — a baby with colic! A recent study reveals babies are two and a half times more likely  to have colic if their moms are suffering from migraines.

In the University of California—San Francisco study, Doctor Amy Gelfand, a child neurologist with the Headache Centre at UCSF,  surveyed 154 new mothers bringing their 2-month-old babies for check ups to try and figure out the cause of colic among infants, according to The Daily Mail. Two months old is a crucial age because it is when colic — excessive crying —typically happens.

“If we can understand what is making the babies cry, we may be able to protect them from this very dangerous outcome,” says Gelfand.

Colic has usually been associated with gastrointestinal problems, yet research has shown no link between the two. Finding a cause is very important because researchers say excessive crying is one of the most common reasons for shaken baby syndrome. This can then cause brain damage, severe disability and even death.

The mothers who participated were surveyed about their babies’ crying patterns and their history of migraines. The mothers who did suffer from migraines were two-and-a-half times more likely to have babies that suffer from colic.

Results showed that 29 percent of infants whose mothers had migraines had colic compared to 11 percent of babies whose mothers did not have migraines.

“Since migraine is a highly genetic disorder, our study suggests infant colic may be an early sign a child may be predisposed toward migraine headache later in life,” Gelfand told the American Academy of Neurology.

Just like people with migraines, babies with colic may be more sensitive to stimuli in their environment. The next step in the study will be to look at babies who suffer from colic as they get older and check to see if they develop other periodic syndromes, like migraines.

Dr Gelfand will be presenting these findings at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th annual meeting in New Orleans in April.

-Milly Contreras

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