Home Health Parents News Now Colic in Babies Linked with Migraine Headaches Later in Life Colic in Babies Linked with Migraine Headaches Later in Life By Holly Lebowitz Rossi April 18, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_1228044 30281 In the study, children ages 6 to 18 who visited an emergency room for migraine headaches were about six times more likely to have experienced colic — or frequent, unexplained crying — as an infant compared with children who visited the emergency room for other reasons. The association was specific for migraines — there was no link between typical, less severe tension headaches and the likelihood of experiencing colic as an infant. The study adds to a growing body of research linking infant colic with migraines. For instance, a study presented last year at American Academy of Neurology meeting found that women who had migraines were about twice as likely as those without migraines to have babies with colic. (Migraines can run in families.) The new findings suggest infant colic and migraines may be symptoms of the same underlying condition, said study researcher Dr. Luigi Titomanlio, of the pediatric emergency department at Robert Debré Hospital in Paris. However, the study found only an association, and cannot prove that infant colic is an early sign of migraine headaches. And even if this were true, researchers don't know if colicky babies are experiencing head pain or some other type of discomfort. Image: Crying baby, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Colic in Babies Linked with Migraine Headaches Later in Life Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.