London, April 3: Parents in Cada, Britain and Italy have to deal with greater crying and fussing by their babies than those in many other industrialised tions, new research has found. Struggling with wailing babies is least common in Denmark, Germany and Japan, the study found. “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 and whether this may be due to parenting or other factors relating to pregncy experiences or genetics,” said Dieter Wolke, Professor at University of Warwick in Britain.
As childcare and the family unit has largely transformed over the last half century and across different cultures, new universal guidelines were needed for modern parents and health professiols to assess normal and excessive levels of crying in babies. So Wolke formulated universal charts for the normal amount of crying in babies during the first three months. In an alysis of studies involving almost 8700 infants — in countries including Germany, Denmark, Japan, Cada, Italy, the Netherlands and Britain — Wolke calculated the average of how long babies fuss and cry per twenty-four hours across different cultures in their first twelve weeks. (IANS)