Thursday, April 06, 2017

Crying babies by geographical area

According to research done at the University of Warwick (UK), babies cry more in Britain, Canada, Italy, and Netherlands than in other countries.

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.

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