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Colicky babies may develop behavioral issues

Babies with chronic crying and feeding problems may have an increased risk of developing behavioral issues.

April 20, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Cranky babies who cry a lot may have a higher risk of developing anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other behavioral issues as they grow up, research suggests.

A study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood found that infants with chronic crying and feeding problems were more likely to develop issues like ADHD and depression as children.

However, experts are quick to point out that having a colicky baby doesn't automatically mean that a child will exhibit behavioral problems later in life. Prolonged crying in children under 3 months of age is not rare.