Infants with colic: their childhood characteristics

J Pediatr Nurs. 2003 Feb;18(1):12-20. doi: 10.1053/jpdn.2003.3.


The purpose of this study was to compare 40 six- to eight-year-old children, 20 with prospectively ascertained infantile colic and a matched sample of 20 without colic, on characteristics of emotional regulation and on parent stress. Children completed tests of cognitive ability, and mothers completed childhood behavioral questionnaires and a parenting stress assessment. Children with colic had maternal ratings suggestive of more difficulty with emotional regulation than their noncolic matches and displayed a more impulsive cognitive style. However, the mean scores of both groups were in the normal range.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Affective Symptoms
  • Attention
  • Child
  • Child Behavior / psychology*
  • Colic / nursing
  • Colic / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Reference Values
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Temperament*