Babies cry more in Britain, Canada & Italy; less in Germany: study

Babies cry more in Britain, Canada & Italy; less in Germany: study

Babies in Britain, Canada and Italy cry the most, while parents in European countries of Denmark and Germany have to deal with the least amount of weeping and fussing, according to a new study report.

A team of researchers from University of Warwick in the United Kingdom formulated first of their kind universal charts for the normal amount of crying among babies during the first three months after their birth.

With the help of the charts, the researchers calculated the average of how long babies around the globe cry and fuss per twenty-four hours across diverse cultures during their first twelve weeks.

The researchers defined the highest levels of colic as crying more than three hours per day for at least three days per week in a baby. They found the highest levels of crying in the UK at 28 per cent of infants at 1 to 2 weeks. The colic rates in Canada and Italy were recorded at 34.1 and 20.9 per cent, respectively.

Dieter Wolke of University of Warwick said, “Babies are already very different in how much they cry in the first weeks of life – there are large but normal variations. We may learn more from looking at cultures where there is less crying…”

Lowest colic rates were recorded in Denmark and Germany at 5.5 per cent and 6.7 per cent, respectively.

The researchers reported their findings in the most recent edition of the Journal of Pediatrics.