Is colic a gastrointestinal disorder?

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Infantile colic is a distinct, although poorly defined, clinical entity. Whereas a general consensus regarding its cause is lacking, it is most likely multifactorial in genesis. Possible causative factors can be divided into two main groups: gastrointestinal and nongastrointestinal. Food protein hypersensitivity or allergy is the leading contender in the former group, and disturbances in parental or maternal-child interactions in the latter. In all likelihood, the various factors act in tandem, leading to disturbances in infant gastrointestinal motility that manifests clinically as colic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)588-592
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Pediatrics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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