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Toronto, Apr 4 (Canadian-Media): The findings of a meta-analysis of studies of about 8,700 infants in countries including Canada, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Italy and the United Kingdom (UK) conducted by Researchers at the University of Warwick published in the Journal of Pediatrics, revealed that babies in Canada, Britain, Italy and the Netherlands cry more than babies in other countries, media reports said.
Canadian babies, on average, cried 30 minutes more than babies from other countries, CBCNews reports said.
Part of the reason for this fact is that Canadian babies had some of the highest levels of colic percentage.
Psychology professor Dieter Wolke, lead author of the study, said Canadian parents should not worry.
"I don't want to concern parents in Canada that this is now a particular problem in Canada — which it isn't," he told CBC News.
Least amount of crying and fussing babies were found in Germany, Japan and Denmark.
According to Denmark researchers Denmark had lower crying rates across a number of studies.
Crying patterns in babies worldwide was researched, and the British psychologists have created the world's first universal benchmarks for the normal ranges of crying in babies during their first three months.
"The new chart of normal fuss/cry amounts in babies across industrialized 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," said the researchers, CBCNews reports said.
For sleep-deprived parents, the Canadian Paediatric Society offers relief, with suggestions on how to help soothe a fussy baby.
Some of these include: checking to see if baby needs a diaper change, a feeding, checking to see if the surroundings are too hot or cold, or the baby is suffering from a fever, playing soft music or making gentle sounds, holding your baby, but making sure some babies do not like being passed from person to person, wrapping baby in a soft blanket, rocking your baby in a gentle, rhythmic motion, going for a ride in the car.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)