Maternal Role in the Management of Infantile Colic

Sumitha Nayak

  • Maternal factors continue to play a role in the occurrence of infantile colic.

  • Behavioral disturbances such as anxiety and aggression in the mother favor the occurrence of colic.

  • Allergens in maternal diet such as in cow’s milk, wheat, peanuts, and eggs can increase the gut and serum motilin levels, which are associated with increased incidence of colic. By eliminating these from the maternal diet, colic episodes can be reduced.

  • Maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure to tobacco smoke are high risk factors for colic and can be decreased by avoiding tobacco smoke.

  • Maternal behavioral modifications such as better eye contact and early response to crying can help reduce infantile colic.

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