Remember those first few nights after brining home baby and sometimes you just felt clueless as to why they were crying? Was it because they were hungry, tired, have a wet diaper? It can be frustrating trying to determine exactly what is wrong when crying is the only way that they can communicate with us.
Researchers from Brown University and the Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island have created a tool that will help determine just why our little ones are crying. This tool won’t help us with our everyday problems, but it will dig a little bit deeper to detect health issues in babies. The tool breaks down baby’s cries into 12.5 millisecond frames that allows it to look into volume, frequency characteristics, and voicing.
A babies cry can be a ‘window into the brain.’ With this information, doctors can now look deeply into the baby’s cry to seek out potential health issues. Slight variations in a baby’s cry can help doctors determine health issues that aren’t perceptible to the human ear.”It’s a comprehensive tool for getting as much important stuff out of a baby cry that we can,” said Harvey Silverman, professor of engineering and director of Brown’s Laboratory for Engineering Man/Machine Systems.With this new cry analyzer, researchers hope it “will lead to new ways for researchers and clinicians to use cry in identifying children with neurological problems or developmental disorders.”
Researchers also suggest that analyzing a baby’s cry at such a early age could mean that there is early intervention which could play a key role in developmental disorders.
As parents, it’s easy for us to become worried about our child crying, especially if we’ve gone through all of the routine things to get them to stop crying. This new tool is a huge window into the future of our child’s health. I would absolutely use this tool to analyze my child’s cry if the situation were to arise.
What do you think? Would you use this baby cry analyzer?
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