Colic and the early crying curve: A developmental account

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (4):476-477 (2004)

Abstract

The hypothesis that excessive early infant crying evolved to reduce the risk of withdrawal of parental care is disputed on the grounds that excessive infant crying is irritating and imposes fitness losses rather than gains. Alternative explanations for the early crying curve that take into account development on the part of the infant and the emerging infant-caregiver bond are proposed.

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