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The significance of the mode of delivery for the subsequent development of infantile colic



The significance of the mode of delivery for the subsequent development of infantile colic



Ugeskrift for Laeger 150(30): 1847-1849



The significance of various modes of delivery for subsequent development of infantile colic was investigated. A questionnaire was sent to mothers of 567 infants delivered by Caesarean section, vaginal extraction or vacuum extraction. 94% replied. The total frequency of infantile colic was found to be 16% (85 infants). No differences were encountered in the frequencies of colic in infants delivered by the three modes (0.3 < p < 0.50) and there is thus no evidence of a connection between the mode of delivery and subsequent development of infantile colic. Infantile colic is a well-defined condition with an average age at commencement of 3.5 weeks and duration of 11.2 weeks. Medical advice had not been sought for 32% of the infants, 41% had been treated by the general practitioner and 27% had been treated by chiropractors. The time of onset and duration of the colic were identical in the three groups (p < 0.50). No statistical difference was found between the effect of treatment by the general practitioner and chiropractor (0.10 < p < 0.20).

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