STATES CHRONICLE – A new study indicates that British babies cry more than babies born in other European countries. The study also shows that babies cry a lot in Italy, Netherlands, and Canada. Kids from Japan, Germany, and Denmark tend to cry the least. The new study was published on April 3rd. In Britain, psychologists developed the first universal chart which indicates the average amounts of crying during the first three months.
Scientists developed a chart with the average amounts of crying
Dieter Wolker, the lead author of the study at Warwick University, stated that babies are very different by only considering the amount of cry from their first weeks of life. They decided to look at culture, paying attention to parenting, pregnancy experiences, and genetics. Colic represents the amount of crying which lasts for more than 3 hours per day for at least three days per week.
Researchers established that the highest level of colic was registered in Britain, Italy, and Canada, and the lowest rates were revealed in Germany and Denmark. The study uncovered that on average, in the first two weeks of life, babies cry for about two hours every day. In the following weeks, they tend to cry even more until they reach a limit of about 2 hours and 15 minutes per day at six weeks of age.
The highest amount of colic was discovered in British babies
Then, these crying events are bound to reduce until they reach the amount of only 10 minutes per day by the time they are three months old. Nevertheless, researchers indicate that there exist wide variations, ranging from baby to baby, depending on the environment, parenting, culture, and family. Some children may cry less than 30 minutes per day in their first days of life if the surroundings and his or her state of health are favorable.
If the baby does not live in an ideal space or if there are family issues, loud noises, colic, etc., they may cry up to five hours per day. The new research was published in the Journal of Pediatrics. It represents a meta-analysis, examining more than 8,700 babies from countries like Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Italy, Denmark and Canada.
Wolker stated that this new crying chart might help medical staff and health workers to inform parents whether their baby is crying within the normal limits or not.
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