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Korean J Pediatr 2011 June;54(6) :229-233.
doi:https://doi.org/10.3345/kjp.2011.54.6.229
Excessive crying: behavioral and emotional regulation disorder in infancy
Joon Sik Kim (Kim JS)
Department of Pediatrics, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center, Daegu, Korea
Corresponding Author: Joon Sik Kim ,Tel: +82-53-250-7525, Fax: +82-53-250-7783, Email: jskim@dsmc.or.kr
Copyright © 2011 by The Korean Pediatric Society
ABSTRACT
In the pediatric literature, excessive crying has been reported solely in association with 3-month colic and is described, if at all, as unexplained crying and fussing during the first 3 months of life. The bouts of crying are generally thought to be triggered by abdominal colic (over-inflation of the still immature gastrointestinal tract), and treatment is prescribed accordingly. According to this line of reasoning, excessive crying is harmless and resolves by the end of the third month without long-term consequences. However, there is evidence that it may cause tremendous distress in the mother–infant relationship, and can lead to disorders of behavioral and emotional regulation at the toddler stage (such as sleep and feeding disorders, chronic fussiness, excessive clinginess, and temper tantrums). Early treatment of excessive crying focuses on parent–infant communication, and parent-infant interaction in the context of soothing and settling the infant to sleep is a promising approach that may prevent later behavioral and emotional disorders in infancy.
Keywords: Excessive crying | Behavioral and emotional regulation disorder | Infant
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