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Fifteen-minute consultation: Troublesome crying in infancy
  1. S A McKenzie
  1. Correspondence to S A McKenzie, Community Paediatrics, NHS Highland, Lawson Memorial Hospital, Golspie, Sutherland KW10 6SS, UK; s.a.mckenzie{at}


There is much written in the medical and lay literature about managing babies who cry too much. Healthcare professional often feel bewildered about how to go about trying to help a baby and their carer, usually the mother. They often undertake investigations, prescribe medication or alter the baby's diet. The assumption made by this approach is that the crying reflects pain or discomfort. In a normal infant who is growing well, it is rare to be able to identify any quickly treatable medical underlying disorder.1 Those who are inexperienced may find the idea of a behavioural approach very challenging but perhaps this would be a better alternative.

  • Paediatric Practice
  • Comm Child Health
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