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A new app claims to decode four distinct crying sounds: hungry, tired, in pain or wet diaper. (WBAL) A new app claims to decode four distinct crying sounds: hungry, tired, in pain or wet diaper. (WBAL)

Parents of newborns go through a lot of anguish trying to determine why their baby is crying.

Now, there's a $3 app that was developed to decode crying and tell parents exactly what their baby's crying means.

Based on the collection of 200,000 crying sounds, the "Infant Cries Translator" distinguishes between four separate cries: hungry, tired, in pain and has a wet diaper.

Sinai Hospital pediatrician Dr. Michael Zollicoffer thinks the app is good for fun, but not for reality.

"You have to listen to the response of your kid," he said. "Their cry is their communication. It's their talking. Their babbling is their discussion. To take your movement away, I don't like it."
 

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