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 migrainesﾠSince migraines are known to trend in family history, these findings lead doctors toﾠquestion 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 threeﾠweeks Symptoms include predictable crying episodes, intense and high pitched inconsolable crying, and clenched fists or tense muscles Originally, colic was thought to beﾠcaused 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 describedﾠtheﾠstudyﾠon , 154 new mothers and their infants were examined at the childrens’ﾠtwo-month checkups 29 percent of infants, whose mothersﾠhad migraines, had colic, while only 11 percent ofﾠinfants whose mothers did not have migrainesﾠsuffered from colic The researchersﾠdo not believe that babies are suffering migraines themselvesﾠwhen they haveﾠcolic episodes, but think that they may be sensitive to stimuli such as sound and lightﾠin theirﾠenvironment, just likeﾠmigraine sufferers are They plan to carefully track these children into their adult lives to see if they end up sufferingﾠfrom migraines as well
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