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Crying

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Basics

Description

  • Crying is usually a normal physiologic response to stress, discomfort, unfulfilled needs such as hunger, pain, over- or understimulation, or temperature change.
  • Crying is felt to be potentially pathologic if it is interpreted by caregivers as differing in quality and duration without apparent explanation and/or persists without consolability beyond a reasonable time (generally 1 to 2 hours).

Epidemiology

Excessive crying in the 1st months of life, per parental reports, occurs in about 1 in 5 infants.

Etiology

  • The most likely cause of inconsolable crying in the first few months of life is infantile colic.
    • However, colic is a diagnosis of exclusion.
    • Practitioners must be familiar with the clinical pattern of infantile colic so that deviations are readily recognized.
  • Organic problems are identified in 5% or less of afebrile excessively crying infants.

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Citation

Cabana, Michael D., editor. "Crying." 5-Minute Pediatric Consult, 8th ed., Wolters Kluwer, 2019. Pediatrics Central, peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/5-Minute-Pediatric-Consult/617468/all/Crying.
Crying. In: Cabana MD, ed. 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. 8th ed. Wolters Kluwer; 2019. https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/5-Minute-Pediatric-Consult/617468/all/Crying. Accessed April 19, 2019.
Crying. (2019). In Cabana, M. D. (Ed.), 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. Available from https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/5-Minute-Pediatric-Consult/617468/all/Crying
Crying [Internet]. In: Cabana MD, editors. 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. Wolters Kluwer; 2019. [cited 2019 April 19]. Available from: https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/5-Minute-Pediatric-Consult/617468/all/Crying.
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