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Persistent Infant Crying

Abstract: Persistent crying in young babies is one of the most common problems for parents to seek professional help.

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Persistent Infant Crying

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First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 01 Aug 2008.

What is the definition of persistent crying of a toddler?

Answer:

Persistent crying is one of the most common reasons why desperate parents are seeking professional help in the first year of baby┬┤s life.

Any parent will be familiar with a "colic period" during the first 3 month, which is usually transitory and not related to any further problems for child or parents.

Persistent crying is defined as "fussing" or crying for

  • more than 3 hours per day
  • more than 3 days a week
  • in the past 3 weeks
This condition is found in about 10-15 % of all infants during the first 3 month of life, but persists in a significant percentage and can cause severe distress for the family life and parent-child relationship.
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