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Before the headache: infant colic as an early life expression of migraine.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22972642     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: Childhood periodic syndromes are thought to be early life expressions of the genetic tendency for migraine. The objective of this study was to determine whether maternal migraine is associated with an increased risk of infant colic, because this may indicate that colic is a childhood periodic syndrome.
METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study performed in general pediatric clinics. To minimize recall bias, mothers were surveyed at their infants' 2-month-old well-child visit, the age when colic is most prevalent. Colic was ascertained via parental report using modified Wessel criteria. Migraine history was obtained by having a physician diagnosis or a positive screen on ID Migraine. The primary outcome measure was difference in colic prevalence in infants with and without a maternal history of migraine.
RESULTS: Data from 154 infant-mother pairs were analyzed. Infants with a maternal history of migraine were 2.6 times as likely to have colic as infants without a maternal history of migraine (29% vs 11%, prevalence ratio 2.6 (95% confidence interval 1.2-5.5), p = 0.02). There was no difference in the accuracy with which migraineur mothers perceived their infants' colic status compared with that of nonmigraineur mothers. Data on paternal history of migraine were available for 93 infants. Infants with a paternal history of migraine may have a higher prevalence of colic (22% vs 10%), although the prevalence ratio 2.3 (0.6-9.4, p = 0.24) had wide confidence intervals.
CONCLUSIONS: Maternal migraine is associated with increased risk of infant colic. Because migraine has a strong genetic underpinning, this association suggests that colic may be an early life manifestation of migraine.
Authors:
Amy A Gelfand; Katherine C Thomas; Peter J Goadsby
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2012-09-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurology     Volume:  79     ISSN:  1526-632X     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurology     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-25     Completed Date:  2012-12-07     Revised Date:  2013-08-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401060     Medline TA:  Neurology     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1392-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Affiliation:
Division of Child Neurology, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA. gelfanda@neuropeds.ucsf.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Colic / diagnosis*,  etiology,  genetics
Cross-Sectional Studies
Fathers*
Female
Genetic Predisposition to Disease
Humans
Infant
Male
Migraine Disorders / diagnosis*,  etiology,  genetics
Mothers*
Questionnaires
Time Factors
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
K12 NS001692/NS/NINDS NIH HHS

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