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Colic in babies linked to migraine headaches, study

Researchers had previously believed that colic was the result of gastrointestinal pain in babies.

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New research suggests colic in babies could be linked to migraine headaches later in life. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

New research from France suggests that colic in babies could be a sign of migraine headaches later in their lives.

According to the study which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, children who experienced migraines were more likely to have had colic as infants by an overwhelming majority.

The study examined health records of 208 French and Italian children between 6 and 18 years old who entered hospital emergency rooms with migraines and compared them with two other groups of children - those who either didn't have headaches or exhibited less invasive "tension headaches."

What they found was that the children with migraines were between six and seven times more likely to have been colicky babies.

“Infantile colic causes pain in babies and high levels of stress in parents. Preventive therapies for migraine could therefore be an option in the future,” study co-author Dr. Luigi Titomanlio of the Robert Debré Hospital in Paris told the Associated Press.

Titomanlio said before doctors could start recommend using migraine treatments for colicky babies, more studies need to be done.

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