We know that Migraine is a disease that can occur at any age - even in children and infants. It sometimes shows up in different forms for these young patients. Recent research has explored the relationship between colic in infants and Migraines. In a recent ACHE Tuesday piece, AHMA chair Teri Robert looks at this research. She begins by saying,
We know that there is insufficient research on migraine and migraine treatments. Another problem with migraine research is that many studies are small, with a low number of study participants. It's difficult to reach firm conclusions from small studies, and the authors who write up these studies often say in their conclusions that more, larger studies are needed on the topics they're studying. Even when there's a fairly large study, scientists generally want to see the results replicated in another study.
Meta-analysis (the statistical analysis of a large collection of analysis results from individual studies for the purpose of integrating the findings of multiple studies) is often employed with smaller medical studies to pull together data and identify common results. A research poster and a platform presentation at the American Headache Society's annual scientific meeting in June (2014), presented the results of meta-analysis of several studies on infant colic and migraine.
Let's start by defining infant colic. The lay definitions is "Excessive, frequent crying an otherwise healthy and well-fed infant. "Colic occurs in five to nine percent of infants, peaks at six to eight weeks, and usually resolves in three to four months.1
Please follow this link to continue reading - Migraine and Colic - New Research on a Connection.
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