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Lancet. 2004 Oct 9-15;364(9442):1340-2.

Infant crying and abuse.

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Department of Health Sciences, Groningen University, PO Box 196, 9700 AD Groningen, Netherlands. s.a.reijneveld@med.rug.nl

Abstract

Child abuse and neglect are important causes of child morbidity and death. We assessed potentially detrimental parental actions induced by infant crying in 3259 infants aged 1-6 months, in the Netherlands. In infants aged 6 months, 5.6% (95% CI 4.2-7.0) of parents reported having smothered, slapped, or shaken their baby at least once because of its crying. The risks of detrimental actions were highest for parents from non-industrialised countries, those with either no job or a job with short working hours, and those who judged their infant's crying to be excessive. Clinicians should be aware of the risks of abuse in children known to cry a lot and should target interventions at parents to help them cope with this crying.

PMID:
15474137
DOI:
10.1016/S0140-6736(04)17191-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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