Colic in babies linked to migraines
Health issues in newborn babies are difficult to diagnose – the baby can't exactly tell you what he or she is going through. But new research speculates that frequent, unexplained crying in babies could be because the child is experiencing an early form of a migraine headache. According to a study from the pediatric department at Robert Debre Hospital in Paris, children ages 6 to 18 who visited the emergency room for migraines were six times more likely to have experienced colic.
A baby is considered colicky if he or she cries for at least three hours a day, three days a week for a period of three weeks, and the crying does not appear to be related to a medical problem. In this study, the researchers analyzed the information for 208 children who were diagnosed with migraines after an ER visit and 471 children who visited the ER for other reasons during the same time period. When the researchers asked parents about colic as a baby, they found that 73 percent of the kids with migraines experienced colic as an infant, as compared to 26 percent among those who did not have migraines.
However, the researchers did note that they had found only an association between infant colic and migraines in adolescence. Further studies are needed to confirm the link.