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Cry It Out: What Is It and Is It Appropriate?

Beal, Judy A. DNSc, RN, FNAP, FAAN

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: May/June 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 3 - p 180
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000325
ONGOING COLUMNS: Hot Topics in Pediatric Nursing

Infant wakefulness at night is common. New parents often turn to the Internet for what to do when they encounter issues with their new baby that they're not sure how to handle, however, there are multiple websites offering advice that is not evidence-based. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, provides the most recent information on infant wakefulness at night for nurses to be able offer helpful advice to parents.

Judy A. Beal is Professor and Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Simmons College, Boston, MA, and an Editorial Board Member of MCN. Dr. Beal can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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