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Children with excessive crying and sleeping problems in infancy and mothers’ psychosocial health. Short and long-term perspectives. - project description

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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.


  • Project number

    2404

  • Start

    2018

  • Status

    Active

  • Approvals

    Regional Committees for Medical and Health Research Ethics (REC)

  • Project owner/ Project manager

    Oslo Metropolitan University

  • Related study

    Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa)

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Summary

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. 

Collaborating institution 

  • The Norwegian Radium Hospital

Project leader 

  • Randi Andenæs, Oslo Metropolitan University