Thursday, April 18, 2013

Colic could be an early sign of migraine

If you’ve ever had a migraine, you probably felt like crying. And that may just be what’s going on with a colicky baby.Children and teens with serious migraine pain were far more likely to have had colic as infants than other, similar kids who did not suffer from migraines.Journal of the American Medical Association, may support something many pediatricians have suspected -- that colicky babies are suffering from the throbbing head pain and, possibly, nausea that make migraines so miserable.The colic may be an early form of migraine and that it could very well be head pain or stomach pain or it could be both.About 74 percent of the children and teens being treated for migraine were also colicky as babies, compared to 26 percent of the kids being seen for some other reason.

Children with other types of headaches, mostly stress-related headache, weren’t as likely to have had colic.The headache patients were more likely to have parents or siblings had a history of headaches, and to have been given formula as babies instead of breastmilk,.
The increased exposure to cow's milk proteins among formula-fed infants could partly explain our finding of a significant association between formula feeding and migraine. The other possibility is that breastfeeding protects children from migraine, but this hypothesis has to be confirmed.

One theory about colic is that the babies are allergic to something in cow’s milk. “The gastrointestinal tract has been suspected because of the infant's apparent abdominal discomfort, and many therapies target it.

Colic may cause stress in parents and it’s also common  as many as 20 percent of babies may have colic.It is usually diagnosed by crying and fussing for more than three hours per day, more than three days per week, and for more than three weeks in an otherwise healthy and well-fed infant

If colic is an early form of migraine, this suggests that migraine disorders may represent a continuum from colic in infancy to cyclic vomiting syndrome in young children to childhood and adult migraine
Monosodium glutamate, stress, and changes in sleep regimen are common triggers. Disrupted sleep, in particular, may be a critical trigger for migraine at any age.

That might be why colicky babies often do better when put into a dark, quiet room and parents trying to comfort colicky babies might think of what works with migraines.Keep them in a dark room. Make sure the environment is quiet. Don’t turn on those lights in the middle of the night just because they are crying. Use a dim light as well.

Babies are learning to sleep through the night at around two or three months, the same age as when colic starts to go away.  A lack of good, solid sleep is associated with migraine, so helping babies learn to sleep well could help with colic as well as being good for their overall health.

Colicky baby had higher numbers of bacteria from a group called Proteobacteria in their guts compared to babies without colic. Proteobacteria include bacteria known to produce gas, which may cause pain in infants and lead to crying.Colicky babies also had lower numbers of bacteria from other groups, called bifidobacteria and lactobacilli. The members of these groups can have anti-inflammatory effects, which may reduce gut inflammation and pain.Some babies with colic have gastric reflux problems or heartburn.

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