Babies who persistently cry are more likely to become problem children, scientists have claimed.

Researchers from the Universities of Warwick, Basel and Bochum said that one in five could be called "difficult", with excessive crying and sleeping problems - and many would go on to become difficult children. They claim children displaying this behaviour would be 40 percent more likely to display unruly behaviour - including ADHD - as they get older.

The report, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood journal, reported that the more problems a baby had, the more likely they would be to become a child with behavioural problems.

The study also found that 20 percent of parents had concerns about their child's crying, sleeping or feeding patterns.

Posted by Robert Mair on 21.4.11 Comment on this article by sending it to: penny.hosie@pavpub.com 

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