We've all experienced a baby screaming at the top of his or her lungs and there being no obvious reason why. Researchers from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston are now saying that a bacteria found in the mouth, skin and intestines may play a role in the development of this condition, called Colic, and is linked to development of celiac disease.
For the study, which was published in the online edition of the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers evaluated 36 babies who were breast or bottle fed. They found that about half of the babies experienced colic. Additionally, all of the babies with colic also tested positive for the bacterium called Klebsiella as well as inflamed intestines.
The researchers suggest that the bacteria may be "sparking an inflammatory reaction, causing the gut inflammation." The lead researcher adds that the "inflammation in the guy of colicky infants closely compared to levels in patients with inflammatory bowel disease" and that the presence of colic in babies could lead to "other gastrointestinal conditions in later life, such as irritable bowel syndrome and celiac disease."
So, if you're child experienced colic as baby, it may be a good idea to get them checked out for celiac disease. Remember, celiac can present itself silently, so even if your child has no symptoms, it may still be worth getting them checked out just to be safe.