Parents frequently seek advice from health care professionals about their baby’s colic, but definitions for determining whether a baby is crying too much are outdated and inconsistent.
But now universal charts have been formulated for determining the normal amount of crying in babies during the first 3 months of life. Professor Dieter Wolke in the Department of Psychology at the Warwick Medical School in the UK used a meta-analysis of studies involving close to 8700 infants to calculate the average across cultures of how long babies fuss and cry per 24 hours in their first 12 weeks. The results were published online in the Journal of Pediatrics.
View the slides above for the key findings about assessment of infants’ crying, fussing, and colic.