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Your Baby is Trying to Tell You Something

Posted by Alissa Robson

Babies – they still don’t come with a manual, but new research may just provide a little insight into what’s going on when baby cries.

A study published in the Spanish Journal of Psychology says that you can learn a lot about why babies are crying just by looking at their eyes. When babies are angry or scared, they will typically cry with their eyes open, whereas pain cries tend to happen with their eyes closed.

Intensity plays a factor, too. If the child is angry, intensity of the cry will decrease, but pain and fear will cause the crying intensity level to increase.

The study was a small one, performed on 20 babies between the age of 3 and 18 months. Researchers observed the babies crying, as well as the reactions of the parents. They found that parents could more easily interpret pain, but that anger and fear were more difficult to identify and differentiate between.

Well, it certainly isn’t the definitive answer we were hoping for when it comes to figuring out what’s going on in our little baby’s world, but hopefully the results of this study can give parents a bit of a clue – or at the very least, give them more confidence to trust their instincts.

What do you think of this research on baby cries? Enlightening or something you’d already figured out anyway? Let us know your thoughts and give us your best tips on how to handle a crying baby in the comments!

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