Researchers have discovered that if a child had colic as a baby then that child has an increased probability of migraines later on in life.
Colic is thought to affect around 1 in 5 babies and leads to infants crying for more than three hours a day, three days a week. As well as crying, it also shows itself through a swollen abdomen; so it makes sense that in the past it was thought to be a gastrointestinal illness. More recently though, research has suggested that migraine might be involved in the child’s colic discomfort to some extent.
The main evidence for colic being connected to migraine is the large percentage of children who were diagnosed with migraine headaches and who were also found to have had colic as a baby. 73% of more than 200 children aged 6-18 who took part in a study and who had migraine, were found to have also had colic as a baby. Overall it was discovered that the likelihood that someone with a migraine also had it as a child was 6.6 times higher than the likelihood that they didn’t.
Exactly what the link between them is not so certain, and there was only an association as opposed to a concrete connection. More trials and studies are needed to properly understand the correlation at this stage.
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