Mothers with migraines more likely to have babies with colic

The preliminary findings, due to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th annual conference, show that infants with a maternal history of migraine were 2.6 times as likely to have colic than infants without a maternal history (28.6% vs 11.1%).

The study involving 154 mother-infant pairs also showed  a trend toward a higher prevalence of colic in infants with a parental history of migraine.

As migraine had a strong genetic underpinning, this association could suggest that infant colic was an early life manifestation of migraine, the researchers said.

Sydney neurologist Associate Professor Paul Spira, from Prince of Wales Hospital, said the findings were interesting as experts had long suspected migraine may increase the risk of having a migraineur child.

“Fifty per cent of migraine sufferers have a first order relative with migraine, so it is a very strong inherited disorder,” he said.