What Science Hopes To Learn From A Baby's Cries

08/27/2013 11:05 am ET
  • The Wall Street Journal
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A newborn's cry can signal more than whether she is hungry or tired.

Subtle differences in infant wailing can provide important clues to later developmental and neurological conditions, such as poor language acquisition. Cry characteristics may also give hospitals a way to assess pain when treating babies. Down the road, researchers hope cry analysis may help doctors detect conditions and start treatment earlier.

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