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Bracing for baby's cry


Lisa Britton/For the Baker City Herald Declan Francis Sullivan sports a purple cap in style during his second day of life. He was born at 4:05 a.m. Dec. 21 to Nicole Butler and Ryan Sullivan.
Lisa Britton/For the Baker City Herald Declan Francis Sullivan sports a purple cap in style during his second day of life. He was born at 4:05 a.m. Dec. 21 to Nicole Butler and Ryan Sullivan.
By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Babies born in Baker City have been sporting purple hats lately as part of a nation campaign to educate parents and the community about normal infant crying.

The hats, made by volunteer knitters and crocheters, are part of a grassroots campaign called CLICK for Babies: Period of PURPLE Crying Caps.

Thousands of these soft caps were donated across the United States and distributed in November and December at hospitals that have implemented The Period of PURPLE Crying education.

Baker City’s Birth Center implemented the program four years ago.

PURPLE is an evidence-based infant abuse prevention program which educates parents and caregivers about normal infant crying and the dangers of shaking an infant.

The PURPLE period describes normal crying for babies from two weeks to four or five months of age.

The letters of PURPLE stand for: 

• Peak of Crying — Your baby may cry more each week

• Unexpected — Crying can come and go and you don’t know why

• Resists Soothing — Your baby may not stop crying no matter what you try

• Pain-Like Face — A crying baby may look like they’re in pain, even when they’re not

• Long Lasting: Crying can last as much as five hours a day or more

• Evening — Your baby may cry more in the late afternoon and evening.

PURPLE is a program of the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (www.dontshake.org).

The PURPLE program educates parents in ways to cope with the crying and emphasizes the dangers of reacting in frustration by shaking or abusing an infant.  

CLICK for Babies, now in its second year, is a collaborative effort between the National Center on Shaken Baby  Syndrome and invited states and provinces who have implemented the Period of PURPLE Crying.  

Oregon, Washington, Utah, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, North Carolina, West Virginia, New Hampshire and Maine have joined the 2012 campaign in addition to the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia.

To learn more about the hat initiative, visit the website www.clickforbabies.org.

To learn more about the PURPLE program, visit the website www.purplecrying.info/.

 
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