What is it about?

Pain symptoms like infant colic and abdominal pain are common, distressing concerns for parents and clinicians. It may be difficult for parents to distinguish between infant colic and other pain symptoms. We have shown that infant pain symptoms overlap. Further, some risk factors for infant pain, like maternal sick leave and maternal allergies, were identified in pregnancy.

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Why is it important?

We identified prevalence and early risk factors of infant colic, abdominal pain and other pain and discomforts in infancy, in a general and healthy population. We focused on parent-reported perspectives, highlighting the overlap between infant pain symptoms and risk factors. This knowledge may enable early targeting and support of parents with risk of having infants with colic or other pain symptoms. These pain symptoms could negatively impact parent-infant interactions, therefore early intervention is important.


This topic has realy been very interesting to explore. I hope the article can inspire to further curiosity to understand and solve the mystery of infant colic, from different perspectives.

Åshild Wik Despriee
VID Specialized University In Oslo, Norway

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This page is a summary of: Prevalence and perinatal risk factors of parent‐reported colic, abdominal pain and other pain or discomforts in infants until 3 months of age ‐ A prospective cohort study in PreventADALL, Journal of Clinical Nursing, October 2021, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/jocn.16097.
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