Project: Research project

Project Details


Infant colic or prolonged, inconsolable crying in an otherwise
healthy infant has been a source of confusion for parents and
pediatricians alike. Much of this confusion is due to the
inconsistent criteria by which colic is identified and the lack of
concrete evidence as to its origins. In addition, a small number of
studies have revealed that colic may influence later infant
behavior. The purpose of the proposed research is to address
these issues by investigating the physiological and behavioral
antecedents and correlates of infant colic and to examine the
impact of colic on later behavior. Toward these ends, this
research proposes to prospectively study a group of colic and non-
colic infants from birth to five months of age. The emergence of
colic will be identified at its onset and behaviors associated with
colic obtained through the use of health diaries. Physiological
activity during baseline and colic conditions will also be recorded.
At five months of age, infant reactivity and responsivity will be
measured through laboratory procedures and parental ratings of
temperament. The results of this study will provide important
information for the design and implementation of a large scale
longitudinal study of the development and impact of colic.
Effective start/end date1/1/901/1/90


  • National Institute of Mental Health

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