A Biobehavioral Perspective on Crying in Early Infancy

  • Barry M. Lester
  • Philip Sanford Zeskind


The central role of crying in early infancy has been discussed by parents, pediatricians, and theorists. In Western cultures crying is the primary mode of communication through which the young infant’s needs and wants are expressed. The affective messages transmitted by the cry tell the caregivers that the infant needs attention, and in most cases crying is terminated when the infant’s needs are met. There are times, however, when the immediate cause of crying is not clear—socalled “unexplained fussiness”—when the infant cannot be easily soothed.


Fundamental Frequency Early Infancy Normal Infant Child Neurology Ponderal Index 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry M. Lester
    • 1
    • 2
  • Philip Sanford Zeskind
    • 3
  1. 1.Child Development UnitChildren’s Hospital Medical CenterBostonUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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