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  1. The social origins of infantile colic : questionnaire study covering 76 747 infants.

    Article - En anglais


    To describe risk factors for infantile colic.


    Questionnaire administered by health visitors.




    Mothers of 76 747 infants born between 1 August 1975 and 31 May 1988, interviewed when the infant was 1 month old.

    Main outcome measures 

    Reporting of infantile colic and its duration ; weight of infant, feeding, state of the home, socioeconomic characteristics of the parents, parents'age, and mother's parity.


    The odds of reporting infantile colic were increased with breast feeding (odds ratio of breast v bottle feeding 1.35 (95% confidence interval 1.28 to 1.43)), increasing parental age, lower parity, increasing parental age at leaving full time education, and more affluent homes and districts of residence.

    In a logistic regression analysis, mother's age and parity and socioeconomic factors remained the most important risk factors for the reporting of infantile colic (each P<0.005), and the effect of breast feeding was attenuated (odds ratio of breast v bottle feeding 1.09 (1.02 tol. 15)). Conclusion : At a population level, dietary factors contribute little to mothers'reporting of infantile colic, and dietary change should not be the primary intervention.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Côlon irritable, Enfant, Homme, Questionnaire, Alimentation, Facteur risque, Aspect social, Relation mère enfant, Milieu familial, Evaluation, Appareil digestif pathologie, Intestin pathologie, Education santé, Métabolisme pathologie, Nutrition

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Irritable bowel syndrome, Child, Human, Questionnaire, Feeding, Risk factor, Social aspect, Mother child relation, Family environment, Evaluation, Digestive diseases, Intestinal disease, Health education, Metabolic diseases, Nutrition

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0289688

    Code Inist : 002B13B03. Création : 15/07/1997.