Brits and Canadians confirmed for biggest crybabies
Babies cry more in Britain, Canada, and Italy, than the rest of the world, according to a universal chart for normal crying in babies during the first three months of life.
A new meta-analysis of studies involving almost 8,700 infants—in countries including Germany, Denmark, Japan, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK—calculated the average of how long babies fuss and cry per twenty-four hours across different cultures.
The findings suggest that, on average, babies cry for around two hours per day in the first two weeks. Crying generally peaks at around two hours fifteen minutes per day at six weeks—and reduces gradually to an average of 1 hour 10 minutes by the twelve week mark.
However, some infants cry as little as 30 minutes—and others cry for more than five hours—in a 24-hour period.
The highest levels of colic were found in the UK (28 percent of infants at 1-2 weeks), Canada (34.1 percent at 3-4 weeks), and Italy (20.9 percent at 8-9 weeks.
In contrast, the lowest colic rates were seen in Denmark (5.5 percent at 3-4 weeks) and Germany (6.7 percent at 3-4 weeks).