Psychosocial distress during pregnancy and the risk of infantile colic: a follow-up study
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
Volume 92, Issue 7, pages 811–816, July 2003
How to Cite
Søndergaard, C., Olsen, J., Friis-Haschè, E., Dirdal, M., Thrane, N. and Sørensen, H. T. (2003), Psychosocial distress during pregnancy and the risk of infantile colic: a follow-up study. Acta Paediatrica, 92: 811–816. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2003.tb02538.x
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
- Received Feb. 18, 2002; revisions received Aug. 26, 2002 and Apr. 22, 2003; accepted Apr. 22, 2003
- infantile colic;
Aim: To examine the association between psychosocial exposures during pregnancy and the risk of infantile colic. Methods: The study included 378 infants and was conducted as a substudy of the Danish National Birth Cohort from 1997 to 1999, with prenatal data collected twice during pregnancy. A diary with a record for postpartum weeks 4–8 was used to quantify the amount of the infants' crying and fussing. Results: The cumulative incidence proportion of infantile colic was 8.2%. A threefold increased risk of infantile colic (OR = 3.7; 95% CI: 1.1–13.2) was found for mothers who reported distress during pregnancy. Close to a twofold increased risk of IC was found for the women who scored higher than 8 on the psychological distress scale (adjusted OR = 1.9; 95% CI: 0.5–7.2).
Conclusion: The results indicate that general distress during pregnancy influences the risk of infantile colic. Whether or not this relationship is causal requires further investigations.