Crying in infancy.

  title={Crying in infancy.},
  author={T. Berry Brazelton},
Eighty mothers of normal newborn infants kept daily records of their infants' fussing for the first 12 weeks. Twenty-eight babies were the firstborn in the family. An attempt was made to eliminate excessive environmental tension as an additive factor. Babies with underlying pathology were eliminated also. There was an average of 2¼ hours' crying in the first 7 weeks, with less each week thereafter. The time of day of its occurrence is summarized. Typical non-fussers sucked their fingers for… 


A prospective study of fetal and postnatal growth and development in a group of babies whose mothers were residents of an inner‐city health district in the north of England, it was not possible to predict which babies would cry a lot except that breast‐fed infants tended to cry less.

The crying infant and the family

The crying of an infant seems to be greatly affected by the anxiety and the tense atmosphere of the family, and the so‐called “good baby” is cuddled significantly less.

A prospective study of crying during the first year of infancy

‘Crying’ group infants were reported to cry significantly more than controls for the whole of their first year, but somewhat less at 12 months than at 4 months, although these age differences were found to be statistically nonsignificant.

Crying patterns of Korean infants in institutions.

  • K. Lee
  • Medicine
    Child: care, health and development
  • 2000
The crying duration of infants in institutions was almost double that of infants at home and contact period with the care-givers was half that of home infants, and the daily crying durations of both institution and home infants fall short of those of their Western counterparts.

Association of Reported Infant Crying and Maternal Parenting Stress

Investigation of the relationship between reported infant crying and parenting stress indicates that mothers who report excessive crying are more likely than other mothers to perceive a lack of positive reinforcement from their infants.

Infant crying patterns in Manali and London.

This study sought to assess the generalizability of the crying 'peak' previously found in Western infants at around 6 weeks of age, and found that Manali mothers were less inclined to leave their babies to cry, took them into their own beds more often, were more likely to be breastfeeding and breastfed their infants to an older age.

Clinical, developmental and social aspects of infant crying and colic

The results support growing evidence that normal infant developmental processes are central to this phenomenon and determine whether colic is a distinct clinical phenomenon or an extreme degree of normal distress interpreted within a western cultural framework.

Changing determinants of crying termination in 6- to 12-week-old human infants.

Different schedules in the decline of sweet taste and pacifier sucking as agents of crying termination are suggested, arguing for multiple systems that govern crying reduction and argue against a single central target that changes ontogenetically in sensitivity and control.

Mothers’ perceptions of and feelings towards their babies’ crying

The frequency and type of crying and the parents’ perceptions of it were evaluated in 281 Finnish infants underthe age of 1 year. Not many mothers [14#pc] claimed that their babies cried often or