8 Baby Steps to Rating Infant Crying

April 6, 2017
Leo Robert
Leo Robert

What's normal and what's not when infants cry? Key findings of a new study are summarized in these slides.

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care professionals about their baby’s colic, but definitions for determining whether a baby is crying too much are outdated and inconsistent.But now universal charts have been formulated for determining the normal amount of crying in babies during the first 3 months of life.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. Sources Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis: Fussing and Crying Durations and Prevalence of Colic in Infants (J Pediatr)Babies cry most in UK, Canada, Italy & Netherlands (Warwick Medical School)