our text points out that crying is the first way that babies communicate, letting parents know they need food, comfort, or stimulation. Infant crying can also be an expression of pain (Craig, Gilbert-MacLeod, & Lilley, 2000). There can be many causes of excessive crying, but if diagnosable medical conditions are ruled out, it could be infantile colic. From what you have read in our book, what may be contributing factors? Have you known anyone who has cared for an infant with colic? What was their experience? I think this is an important topic for many reasons, including the existence of shaken baby syndrome in our society and its possible relationship to a caregiver failing to cope with/appropriately respond to an infant’s crying.
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