Sound spectrographic analysis of pain cry in preterm infants

Early Hum Dev. 1983 Jul;8(2):141-9. doi: 10.1016/0378-3782(83)90070-1.


Sound spectrographic cry analysis was performed on 302 cries of 48 preterm infants born at 30-37 gestational weeks. The cries were recorded during the first week of life and thereafter weekly until the infants were discharged. The control series comprised 54 cries from 27 fullterm healthy infants. The results showed that the cries of the smallest prematures compared with the controls were shorter, more high-pitched, and included bi-phonation and glide more often. The cry characteristics changed with increasing conceptual age and the older the child the more the cry pattern resembled that of the fullterm. The cries of the preterm infants when they had reached 38 conceptual weeks were similar to those of newly born fullterm infants. The results indicate that the gestational age should be taken into consideration in cry analysis.

MeSH terms

  • Acoustics
  • Age Factors
  • Crying*
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature*
  • Pain / physiopathology
  • Sound Spectrography*