It's a simple fact of life: Babies cry. But a new study found that some babies cry more than others
— and oddly, Canadian parents in particular appear to have it rough when it comes to soothing a crying baby. A new study found that babies born in the North American country were found to cry more than babies in any other part of the world. Whoa
— er, we mean, wahhhh!
As our popular real-life show Birth Days,
raising a newborn is filled with countless challenges (dirty diapers, time management, and yep, lots of crying among 'em!), so parents of fussy babies, we feel for you
— and our show is filled with helpful tips and trick to use, too. Check out more about the show and watch clips here, plus find out where you can tune in.
The Study Links Colic To All That Crying.
To declare Canadian newborns as the world's biggest crybabies (sorry, Canadian parents) researchers reviewed 28 studies that observed the prevalence of colic in nearly 8,700 infants. According to the study results published in the Journal of Pediatrics
, colic, a harmless condition that causes all that crying, was the most prevalent in Canadian, British and Italian babies (yep, the UK's and Italy's babies cry almost as much as Canada's).
Here's The Tear-Stained Statistics:
On average, babies cry for about two hours per day in the first two weeks of their lives. Crying gradually reduces to an average of one hour and 10 minutes by the time an infant reaches 12 weeks. In contrast, researchers observed that 34 percent of Canadian babies 3 to 4 weeks old were found to cry for more than three hours a day, up to three days a week, while 28 percent of U.K. infants one to two weeks old and 20.9 percent of Italian babies eight to nine weeks old cried for three hours or more for at least three days a week.
Which Lucky Countries Have Babies That Cry The Least?
The study also noted that infants in born in Denmark (5.5 percent at three to four weeks old) and German babies (6.7 percent at three to four weeks old) cried the least, sometimes for just 30 minutes a day.
So If Your Own Baby Has Colic And Cries Incessantly...
Know that it will pass, generally after the first couple weeks, with most tapering off at 10 to 12 weeks. Unfortunately, there's no solution except to let time pass, check in with your doctor, and do everything possible to create a calming, soothing environment for your baby (this article
has plenty of helpful suggestions). The study we've highlighted is meant to help create a range of what's normal (and not!), which can ultimately help health care professionals learn more about how to care for and soothe colicky babies.