Collicky Babies

Dutch researchers say when it comes to a colicky baby, don't only blame the mom -- the father's state of mind has just as much to do with it.

In a study published in July’s issue of pediatrics, researchers gathered data from more than 44-hundred two-month-old infants and noted if they were excessive criers.

They also looked at each baby's parent's mental state, noting if either mother or father had signs of depression.

Only two-point-five percent of those studied were termed excessive criers, but of those babies, they found a 30-percent higher risk for depression in both parents.

Although researchers could not pinpoint the cause of their findings, they did note it could be a genetic trait. They found a dad with symptoms of depression was twice as likely to have an infant who cried excessively as was a dad who was not depressed.


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