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Mothers with migraines more likely to have colicky babies

A study by the University of California, San Francisco, has found that mothers who suffer migraine headaches are twice as likely to have colicky babies than mothers who do not have migraines. Since migraines are known to trend in family history, these findings lead doctors to question whether colic can be an early determinant of migraines later in the child’s life.

According to, colic is defined as sustained crying more than three hours a day, at least three days a week for more than three weeks. Symptoms include predictable crying episodes, intense and high pitched inconsolable crying, and clenched fists or tense muscles.

Originally, colic was thought to be caused by gastrointestinal distress, but with this new study, researchers now believe it has more to do with neurological development.

According to Dr. Marla Shapiro, who described the study on CTV MedNews Express, 154 new mothers and their infants were examined at the childrens’ two-month checkups. 29 percent of infants, whose mothers had migraines, had colic, while only 11 percent of infants whose mothers did not have migraines suffered from colic.

The researchers do not believe that babies are suffering migraines themselves when they have colic episodes, but think that they may be sensitive to stimuli such as sound and light in their environment, just like migraine sufferers are. They plan to carefully track these children into their adult lives to see if they end up suffering from migraines as well.

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