Infantile colic: maternal smoking as potential risk factor

Arch Dis Child. 2000 Oct;83(4):302-3. doi: 10.1136/adc.83.4.302.


The association of maternal smoking and type of feeding with colic was assessed in 3345 children aged 1-6 months (96% response). The prevalence of colic was twofold higher among infants of smoking mothers, but less among breastfed infants. Maternal smoking as a potential risk factor for infantile crying needs further study.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding
  • Colic / epidemiology
  • Colic / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Netherlands / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking*
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / adverse effects*


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution