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Can a baby's cry help detect autism?

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WHDH) -- it's something that often causes a parent to come running. Your baby's crying. Is he hungry? Is he in pain? Can doctors shed some light on that?

"When it comes to sort of parenting, we actually want to back off and reinforce that parents should use their intuitions," Dr. Stephen Sheinkopf said.

Sheinkopf worked with acoustic engineers at brown university to develop an acoustic cry analyzer.

"The specific thing that we're interested in here is how to detect early risk for developmental conditions, developmental disorders such as autism and other conditions," He said.