Thursday, April 06, 2017
Crying babies by geographical area
Babies in Denmark, Germany, and Japan cry the least.
Professor Dieter Wolke, from the dept of psychology, looked a studies involving 8,700 infants.
In addition to singling out countries with the most or least crying, this study allowed the researchers to determine a "normal" amount of crying for each age of the child.
--Babies cry, on average, two hours a day for the first two weeks.
--This peaks at 2 hours and 15 mins at six weeks.
--And reduces to 1 hour 10 mins by 12 weeks.
Some babies, though, cry as alittle as 30 mins a day--and others over 5 hours.
Colic, or painful gas, elicits crying of more than 3 hours a day for at least three days a week.
--In the UK, 28% had colic at 1-2 weeks.
--In Canada, 34.1% at 3-4 weeks.
--And Italy, 20.9% at 8-9 weeks.
Figuring out "normal" amounts of crying helps parents decide if they need extra support or should consult a doctor.
Bottom line? Even "good" babies cry--but sometimes and in apparently some locales, this can be excessive.