Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Purple Hat Program Raises Awareness Of Infant Crying

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Babies born this month at St. Alphonsus will be given purple caps thanks to the Click for Babies campaign.

These purple hats come out every November to raise awareness for The Period of PURPLE Crying - an educational program that helps parents understand normal infant crying.

Especially a lot of crying.

The goal is to prevent tragedies such as Shaken Baby Syndrome, which can result from frustration when a baby won't stop crying.

The program was developed by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome.

The word PURPLE is an acronym:

andbull; P: Peak of Crying - Babies might cry more each week of their newborn lives with the most crying in month two.

andbull; U: Unexpected - Crying can come and go and you don't know why.

andbull; R: Resists Soothing - Your baby might not stop crying no matter what you try.

andbull; P: Pain-like Face - Crying babies might look like they are in pain, even when they are not.

andbull; L: Long Lasting - Crying can last as long as five hours a day, or more.

andbull; E: Evening - Your baby might cry more in the late afternoon and evening.

Click for Babies, now in its third year, is a collaborative effort between the National Center on Shaken BabySyndrome and states and provinces that have implemented the Period of PURPLE Crying.

The campaign relies on donations from across Oregon - free patterns are available online at clickforbabies.org.

Local donations can be taken to the Birth Center at St. Alphonsus-Baker City, 3325 Pocahontas Road.