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Getting the word out: advice on crying and colic in popular parenting magazines.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19034044     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective of this study is to determine whether advice in parenting magazines reflects current evidence-based understanding of early infant crying and colic, where (1) "colic" is the upper end of a spectrum of crying behavior reflective of normal infant development, and (2) physical abuse--in particular, shaken baby syndrome (SBS)--is a serious medical consequence of early crying. All available issues of 11 popular Canadian parenting magazines published between January 2000 and December 2004 were hand-searched and systematically reviewed. Fifty-one articles were found with information on: (1) causes of, (2) responses to, and/or (3) mention of SBS or abuse as a consequence of crying and/or colic. There were 105 specific causes suggested, but almost no agreement concerning the causes of crying and colic. Similarly, there were 231 specific responses to crying and colic mentioned, but little agreement among the suggested responses. For both crying and colic together, the consequence of abuse was mentioned only 7 times, and SBS only twice. Making the advice literature a truly helpful vehicle for parents concerning normal behavioral development and its consequences for their new infant seems to be a significant challenge. Arguably, this is an important shared responsibility of physicians, researchers, and journalists.
Nicole L A Catherine; Jenny J Ko; Ronald G Barr
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Meta-Analysis    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1536-7312     ISO Abbreviation:  J Dev Behav Pediatr     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-16     Completed Date:  2009-02-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006933     Medline TA:  J Dev Behav Pediatr     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  508-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Community Child Health Research, Child and Family Research Institute, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Child Abuse / psychology
Colic / physiopathology,  psychology*
Counseling / statistics & numerical data
Crying / psychology*
Infant Care / methods,  psychology
Parent-Child Relations
Periodicals as Topic / statistics & numerical data*
Shaken Baby Syndrome / psychology

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