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Crying in the first year of life: good news in the midst of distress.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9728286     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Excessive crying and colic in the first 3 months of life remain as mysterious and unsolved clinical problems. The mystery is contributed to by the relative lack of long-term follow-up studies. The findings from four new follow-up studies of infants with prior colic are analyzed in an attempt to derive a clearer picture of what 'life after colic' might be like for parents, infants, and their interactions. The bad news is that, for a subgroup of infants and parents, especially those with substantial additional risk factors, early excessive crying may not resolve, but evolve into a more generalized 'persistent mother-infant distress' syndrome. For some mothers of infants with colic, the risk of depressive symptoms or decreased self-efficacy may be increased. However, there appears to be good news for a substantial majority of infants with colic and for their parents. This includes a significant reduction over time in the amount of crying, intact parental and infant capacities to be responsive in interactive contexts, no significant maternal stress, and normal attachment relationships.
R G Barr
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child: care, health and development     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0305-1862     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Care Health Dev     Publication Date:  1998 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-11-13     Completed Date:  1998-11-13     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7602632     Medline TA:  Child Care Health Dev     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  425-39     Citation Subset:  IM    
McGill University-Montreal Children's Hospital Research Institute, Qc., Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Colic* / psychology
Infant Behavior*
Mother-Child Relations*
Stress, Psychological

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