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A Real Headache

By Health Day

A common problem in babies may be more of a headache than people realize.

Colic is upsetting for babies and their parents. Colic simply means that babies are fussy, upset, and crying. Many minor problems can cause babies to have an episode of colic, including gas pain and hunger.

Now, a new study finds that moms with migraines may be more likely to have babies with colic.

Researchers included 154 moms and their babies. The mothers answered questions about their health and their children. Babies born to moms who'd had migraines were more than twice as likely to have colic. Twenty-nine percent of these babies had colic, compared to just 11 percent of babies born to moms who didn't have these headaches.

According to one of the researchers, babies with colic may also be more likely to develop migraines when they're older.

If migraines are part of your life, you can take steps to reduce their impact. You may be able to prevent them by avoiding triggers, like certain foods or changes in your sleep schedule. Health care providers can also prescribe medications that cut down on your number of migraines or treat them when they strike.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.

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