Crying Infant

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Crying Infant

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Crying is a normal aspect of human behavior. Infants may cry for a variety of reasons ranging from hunger, need for attention, discomfort, or pain. When crying is perceived to be excessive, or parents are unable to console their infant, it can cause parental angst. Thus far, no consensus has been reached on the definition of excessive crying, but in general infant colic is “excessive crying of unknown cause in otherwise well infants”. Traditionally it is defined by the Wessel’s criteria of fussing or crying more than three hours of the day for more than three days of the week.

However, colic should only be diagnosed after exclusion of other causes of excessive crying. One study by…

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