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The ex­act cause of colic still eludes us all, but sci­en­tists have sug­gested that colic has multiple causes that are dif­fer­ent for each baby. An ar­ti­cle in Acta Pae­di­ac­trica, a jour­nal on pae­di­atric medicine, iden­ti­fies the fol­low­ing pos­si­ble causes of colic: lac­tose in­tol­er­ance or al­ler­gies, di­ges­tive prob­lems, hor­mones, feed­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and psy­cho­log­i­cal fac­tors. How­ever, in an ar­ti­cle from webmd. com, Dr Har­vey Karp, an as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of pae­di­atrics at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, says, “It has long been thought that the main cause was due to gas­troin­testi­nal prob­lems, but this may not al­ways be true. Pae­di­a­tri­cians have also attributed colic to tem­per­a­ment, en­vi­ron­ment and an im­ma­ture im­mune sys­tem.”

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