iPhone App diagnoses crying babies

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Every parent has been there, trying anything and everything to figure out how to stop the torturing cries.

Like most seven-month-olds, Hannah Freeman has shed her share of tears in her early life.

"There were times when she was a newborn that I was desperate to figure out why she was crying," said Randi Freeman.  Hannah is her first child.

The Cry Translator, created by Biloop Technologic, S.L., is one of the latest iPhone apps.  Creators claim the app analyzes the pitch and volume of babies' cries.  Within seconds, it determines among 5 different reasons why your baby is crying:  annoyed, bored, hungry, sleepy, or stressed.

It took researchers years to fine tune the app they said is right, 96 percent of the time.

We showed the app to Jana Sisk, executive director of Parenting Services, Inc., and social worker.

Her initial reaction was skepticism.

"[It's] a little bit gimmicky," she said.  "Do we need to give the baby an app for the parent, so they can understand?"

Sisk said what's really happening is a lesson in communication.  She said it's more important for parents to establish real bonds with their children.

"There's not an app for knowing when that child is really sick, or in pain, and needs medical attention," said Sisk.

The "Translator" takes it a step further, offering parents suggestions on how to get baby to stop crying, ease the stress, or decrease the level of irritability.  Sisk applauded those recommendations.

"I don't think that you can replace common sense with an application on your iPhone," said Freeman.  "If all else fails, we'll just snuggle."

You can download the Cry Translator on iTunes, but it's going cost you.  The application normally costs $29.99.

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