Researchers Devise Chart of Crying Behavior in Infants

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Canada, UK, and Italy are the countries with the most crying babies

A new research from the University of Warwick discovered the countries where babies spend more time crying. It seems that babies from Great Britain, Italy, or Canada tend to be more vocal than those from other countries.

Professor Dieter Wolke came up with the idea to see how much babies cry during their first three months of life and what the normal amount of crying is. Thus, he and his colleagues put up a chart after analyzing the behavior of 8700 babies.

The infants were from different countries, such as Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Canada, and Japan. Researchers looked at how much babies cry in each individual country during a period of 24 hours in their first twelve weeks of life.

During their first two weeks, babies cry for two hours on average every day. The top of the crying is reached at six weeks of age, when babies spend two hours and fifteen minutes fussing. Then, the time starts decreasing and it eventually reaches one hour and 10 minutes at twelve weeks.

However, these are only the average results. Some infants cry only for 30 minutes, while others are more vocal and might even reach five hours of fussing. The most weepy babies are found in the Great Britain, Canada, Italy, and the Netherlands. The opposites come from Japan, Denmark, and Germany.

The highest colic rates are found in the same countries. Colic is defined by constant crying for more than three hours for several days a week. The highest rates are in Canada, with 34.1 percent of infants when they are three or four weeks old. Canada is followed closely by Britain, with 28 percent of children when they are between one and two weeks old. Italy comes third, with 20.9 percent at eight or nine weeks.

Children show variations in the crying levels even from one individual to another, but the differences seem to be bigger depending on the culture and the parenting habits it promotes. Also, the research might help parents get used to the infant’s crying behavior. They have to know when their baby is crying too much, as this might mark some health problems and they might need to see a doctor.

The study was published in The Journal of Pediatrics and it can be accessed here.
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