Irritable infant syndrome: theoretical perspectives and practice implications

ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 1988 Apr;10(3):70-8. doi: 10.1097/00012272-198804000-00008.


Conceptually weak and unsubstantiated theories attempting to explain the origins of infant colic have led to inconsistent and ineffective approaches to the management of the infant with persistent crying. A new theoretical perspective that views excessive crying as a developmental behavioral disorder is presented. The clinical implications of this model for nurses working with families of irritable infants are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child Development
  • Colic / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Parent-Child Relations