Children with excessive crying and sleeping problems in infancy and mothers’ psychosocial health. Short and long-term perspectives. - project description
Excessive crying, also known as infantile colic, affects approximately 20 % of all toddlers during the first few weeks after birth. International studies show that 20 % of parents report problems relating to infant sleep.
Crying and sleep problems during infancy are often mentioned together, but their characteristics are different; they occur in different stages of infancy, have different causes, and usually do not involve the same children. Crying and sleep problems in infancy are considered to be tiring, but harmless. However, research considering effects on maternal mental health, as well as long-term consequences for children with crying and sleep problems, is lacking.
This study will investigate the relationship between infant crying and sleep problems and mothers’ psychosocial health, in addition to long-term developmental consequences of crying and sleep problems on children from infancy to age five.
- The Norwegian Radium Hospital
- Randi Andenæs, Oslo Metropolitan University