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British, Canadian, Italian and Dutch babies are the most crying during the first three months, while Danish, German and Japanese parents are the ones who have least to face the crying of their babies, according to a report from the University Of Warwick (United Kingdom).


The children cry an average of two hours a day during their first two weeks of life, reach the maximum at six weeks when they cry two hours and fifteen minutes a day, to finally reduce to only one hour ten minutes when the baby turns twelve weeks .

These are some results of the first universal chart on the normal amount of crying in babies during their first three months of life in industrialized countries, published by the Journal of Pediatrics.

Psychologists at the University of Warkick conducted a meta-analysis (which contrasts and combines the results of various studies) to calculate the average time that babies complain and cry throughout the day in different cultures.

The team, led by Professor Dieter Wolke of the Department of Psychology at the University of Medicine analyzed data from 8,700 children, according to a statement.

The study indicates that there are babies who cry only 30 minutes a day and others who are able to complain and cry untill to five hours, the note says.

The colic of the babies

Psychologists looked at the colic of the babies, whose criteria was defined in the 1950s by Dr. Morris Wessel and occur when the baby cries for more than three hours a day, at least three days a week, for three weeks.

The babies who suffer the highest levels of colic are the British (28% of the small ones from one to two weeks of life); Canadians (34.1% from three to four weeks of age) and Italians (20.9% from eight to 9 weeks of age).

On the contrary, the lowest rates of colics were recorded among Danes (5.5% between three and four weeks) and Germans (6.7% between three and four weeks).

Child and family care have been changes over the last half century in different cultures, so new guidelines for parents and health professionals are needed to help assess normal and excessive levels of crying. the babies.

The babies “are very different considering how much they cry during their first weeks of life – there are important variations that are considered normal”, indicated Wolke.

That is why we need to learn more by analyzing cultures in which children cry less to discover if it can be due to some specific factor such as parenting or other reasons related to pregnancy or genetics.

The New Baby Crying Chart in Industrialized Countries “will help health professionals reassure parents about whether their baby’s crying is normal for the first three months or if it is excessive and may require further evaluation Or extra support for parents, “he said.

Madrid, April,2017, EFE/PracticaEspañol

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De un estudio realizado a bebés procedentes de varios países.
De un estudio realizado a bebés europeos.
De un estudio sobre la tasa de natalidad mundial.
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Según el estudio...
Los bebés nacidos en Dinamarca lloran más que los nacidos en Reino Unido.
Los bebés nacidos en Reino Unido lloran el mismo tiempo que los nacidos en Dinamarca.
Los bebés nacidos en Reino Unido lloran más que los nacidos en Dinamarca.
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Los bebés lloran más cuando tienen casi un año de vida.
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El cólico lactante está relacionado con el tiempo de llanto de un bebé.
El cólico lactante es muy común en todos los países europeos.
El cólico lactante no está relacionado con el tiempo de llanto de un bebé.
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