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Mothers' postpartum psychological adjustment and infantile colic.
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PMID:  16452109     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Infantile colic is a common problem of early infancy. There is limited data on the relation between postpartum maternal psychological problems and colic.
AIM: : To investigate whether infantile colic is associated with postpartum mood disorders or insecure adult attachment style of the mother.
METHODS: Seventy eight mothers and newborns were enrolled in this prospective, longitudinal study. Maternal depressive symptoms were screened with Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Score (EPDS) and maternal anxiety was assessed with State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). The Adult Attachment Scale was used to determine the attachment style of the mother. Infantile colic was defined according to Wessel criteria.
RESULTS: Infantile colic was present in 17 infants (21.7%); 12.9% of the mothers had an EPDS > or =13. The mean EPDS of the mothers whose infants had infantile colic (10.2+/-6.0) was significantly higher than that of the mothers of infants without colic (6.3+/-4.0). Among infants with infantile colic, 62.5% had mothers who had insecure attachment style, whereas only 31.1% of mothers had insecure attachment when the infant did not have infantile colic.
CONCLUSION: Postpartum maternal depressive symptoms and insecure attachment style are associated with infantile colic. Screening and early intervention of postpartum depression might promote the health of both the mother and infant.
I Akman; K Kusçu; N Ozdemir; Z Yurdakul; M Solakoglu; L Orhan; A Karabekiroglu; E Ozek
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2006-02-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of disease in childhood     Volume:  91     ISSN:  1468-2044     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Dis. Child.     Publication Date:  2006 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-04-24     Completed Date:  2006-05-12     Revised Date:  2013-06-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372434     Medline TA:  Arch Dis Child     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  417-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Marmara University Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology Istanbul, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Anxiety / etiology
Cesarean Section
Chi-Square Distribution
Depression, Postpartum* / diagnosis
Infant, Newborn
Mother-Child Relations*
Prospective Studies
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales

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