May 4, 2016

Colic has historically been described as a gastrointestinal issue. However, a new study suggests an association between migraines and Colic.

The finding was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and revealed that the likelihood was seven times higher that kids with migraines were previously colicky babies, compared to kids without migraines.

Colic affects nearly one in five infants, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Usually babies with colic cry for over three hours a day, generally at the same time each day, about three days a week. The specific cause of colic is still a mystery, but by the time a baby reaches 12 weeks it usually disappears.

When colicky babies are crying their stomachs look swollen and they sometimes draw their legs close to their bellies. These signs point to disruption in the digestive tract. However, treatments that target digestive system symptoms aren’t very successful at relieving the symptoms of colic.

The authors suggest that migraine is a common cause of headaches in kids. A separate type of headache is a tension headache – which results in elevated pain sensitivity. Associations between these and other kinds of headaches and colic have been brought up but not studied in-depth, according to the researchers.

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Deborah Gilboa, MD

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