Prenatal maternal risk factors for infantile colic
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Prenatal maternal risk factors for infantile colic

Nazan Kaymaz Assistant professor, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
Şule Yıldırım Assistant professor, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
Naci Topaloğlu Assistant professor, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
Meryem Gencer Assistant professor, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
Fatih Köksal Binnetoğlu Assistant professor, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
Mustafa Tekin Assistant professor, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
Fahime Erdem Sürecek Assistant physician, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
Hakan Aylanç Assistant professor, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
Fatih Battal Assistant professor, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
Emine Coşar Associate professor, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Medicine, Turkey

Nazan Kaymaz and colleagues examine factors that can arise before and during pregnancy that can lead to extreme crying and irritability in newborns

Aim To examine maternal prenatal risk factors for infantile colic (IC).

Methods Mothers were asked to complete a standard pre-coded questionnaire form. Inclusion in the study consisted of four criteria. The case group comprised healthy children with infantile colic according to Wessel’s definition. The control group comprised healthy children with no history of IC. Prenatal period characteristics of mothers were examined to determine associations with IC.

Results Children with mothers who had prophylactic iron supplementation therapy during pregnancy suffered more from IC. Postpartum depression was found to be more frequent in the case group than in the control group. Gynaecological history, including suffering from migraine, presence of any premenstrual symptoms, dysmenorrhea and high pre-pregnancy body mass index, was associated with development of IC.

Conclusion Pre-gestational gynaecological complaints and pregnancy characteristics may point to IC. These characteristics should be investigated and families should be informed.

Nursing Children and Young People. 27, 10,32-38. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.27.10.32.s28

Correspondence

sule.yildirim@comu.edu.tr

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 28 February 2015

Accepted: 17 July 2015