Baby colic (also known as infantile colic) is a condition in which an otherwise healthy baby cries or displays symptoms of distress frequently and for extended periods, without any discernible reason.
The condition typically appears within the first month of life and often disappears rather suddenly, before the baby is three to four months old, but it can last up to one year. It is a poorly understood yet common condition, and affects around one in five babies. Typically, a baby with colic will scream and draw up their legs, and may refuse to be comforted. It can be very distressing for parents, especially as the cause of colic is unknown.
A study has now found a link between colic and migraines in later life. It has been suggested that children with colic are more likely to suffer migraines as they get older. Kids who have been to emergency departments of hospitals across Europe were often found to have gone through infantile colic. Most had cried for long spells during their first three months with infantile colic and experts reckon this has led to headaches later in childhood. Sadly, the NHS admits there is still no absolute cure for migraines, just aspirin and ibuprofen to ease the agony.
If you are concerned about baby colic or just need crying baby advice then speak to the Simply Better Birth’s independent midwives, who are here to help you!