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Study Shows Colic Linked To Mothers' Migraines

By dearcrissy |

Are your baby’s colicky screams giving you a headache?

Ironically, it may actually be the other way around. A recent study conducted by neurologists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) shows that mothers who have a history of migraine headaches are more than twice as likely to have babies with colic than mothers who do not have the headaches.

Doctors have long thought colic may be the result of gastrointestinal issues, or gas, however a definitive link between these problems and colic has never been established.

Amy Gelfand, MD, a child neurologist with the Headache Center at UCSF and lead on the study said:

We’ve known about colic for a really long time, but despite this fact, no one really knows why these babies are crying.

The UCSF study surveyed 154 new mothers and their 2-month-old infants. Colic typically peaks when babies are around 8 weeks. The mothers were asked about their babies’ crying patterns, and also about their personal history with migraine headaches. The responses were analyzed to determine the correlation between colic and migraines.

The findings are pretty interesting, showing that 29 percent of the infants whose mothers had migraines had colic. Compare this figure to only 11 percent of babies whose mothers did not have the headaches, and you have a two-and-a-half-times higher likelihood of colic for migraine suffering Moms.

This study indicates that if colic is truly an early sign of migraine, reduction of stimuli (darkened rooms, less noise) may be a way to reduce symptoms.

Did your baby have colic, and do you have a history of migraine headaches?

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Crissy is a blogger and stay at home mom who resides in the Midwest with her two children. She has contributed to Babble, allParenting, BabyCenter and New Parent. In addition to writing, she also adores photography. More of her work can be found on her website, Dear Crissy.

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3 thoughts on “Study Shows Colic Linked To Mothers' Migraines

  1. Lori says:

    I have a colic baby, but I’ve never had a migraine.

  2. sarah says:

    I have had migranes since i was about 14, im now 30, out of my 3 children, youngest being 6 weeks, 2 of my babies have had colic! this is very intresting!!

  3. lo says:

    Study?! What study, only 154 new mothers. I had migraines since I was 20 and none of my babes had colic. My MIL never had a migraine in her entire life and her first born was colic for the first 6 months of his age. My mom had migraines too and none of us had colic. I can get you 100 women which had migraines and none of them had colic babies. In fact migraines run in both my sides of family but we never had a colic baby. I hope they did not spend too much on this 154 persons study

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