Migraines and colic may be linked after researchers found that babies of mothers who suffer from migraines are two and a half times more likely to have infant colic.
The study was conducted by researchers from University of California who analyzed medical records of more than 154 mothers and their babies. The mothers were also asked questions that were developed using standard criteria for colic.
AdvertisementThe researchers found that around 29 percent of babies whose mothers suffered from migraines had colic while it was just 11 percent among babies whose mothers did not have migraines.
"Since migraine is a highly genetic disorder, our study suggests that infant colic may be an early sign that a child may be predisposed toward migraine headache later in life. Colic may be another example of a childhood periodic syndrome, which is often a precursor to migraine", lead researcher Amy Gelfand said.