Study Shows Colic Linked To Mothers' Migraines

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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