Study finds the cry babies are British

Babies cried most in the UK Canada Italy and the Netherlands

Babies cried most in the UK Canada Italy and the Netherlands

Canada, Italy and the Netherlands also topped the worldwide baby crying survey.

Generally, during the first few weeks, a newborn cries on average two hours a day.

"Parents told us very often they say they were really surprised about the shock of how much a baby cries", Wolke said.

Globally babies cry for around two hours per day in their first two weeks on average, the study suggests.

"Colic means that you cry for more than three hours day, more than three days a week for more than three weeks", said Dr. Dina Kulik, a Toronto pediatrician.

"We wanted to look at it as a universal shout at how much babies cry and fuss and for that reason we tried to bring together studies from across the world".

Wolke said: "The new chart of normal fuss/cry amounts in babies across industrialised countries will help health professionals to reassure parents whether a baby is crying within the normal expected range in the first three months or shows excessive crying which may require further evaluation and extra support for the parents".

And in the course of finding out how long babies cry, he discovered that babies in some countries cry more than others.

Babies cry more in Britain, Canada, Italy and Netherlands than in other countries, while newborns in Denmark, Germany and Japan cry and fuss the least, researchers said on Monday.

Researchers established that the highest level of colic was registered in Britain, Italy, and Canada, and the lowest rates were revealed in Germany and Denmark.

Canadian infants appear to have some of the highest levels of colic in the world, according to a new study that attempted to create the first global "crying chart" to determine why some babies cry more than others. By the time they are 3 months old, the crying reduces to one hour 10 minutes.

Only 5.5 per cent of the babies studied in Denmark had colic, while Germany saw 6.7 per cent.

Researchers from University of Warwick in the United Kingdom also found that parents in Denmark and Germany deal with the least amount of crying and fussing.

In the following weeks, they tend to cry even more until they reach a limit of about 2 hours and 15 minutes per day at six weeks of age.

But anyone who has listened to their new baby cry (and cry and cry and cry) will likely appreciate the motivation: To create new universal guidelines for parents and health professionals to assess normal and excessive levels of crying.

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