Crafters here in Utah and across the country have been busy knitting and crocheting purple caps for newborn babies.
The 10,000 purple caps will be distributed to about 20 hospitals in Utah, and some across North America in the months of November and December.
It’s for the CLICK for Babies: Period of PURPLE Crying campaign, organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. The campaign strives to raise awareness for the period of purple crying and to prevent the shaking and abuse of infants.
Frustration with infant crying is the leading trigger to shaking and abuse. There are an estimated 20-40 cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome/ Abusive Head Trauma each year here in Utah and more than 1,500 nationally.
The Period of PURPLE Crying is a period of time when infant crying increases, beginning when babies are about two weeks old, peaking in the second month and ending around the third to fifth month of life. Babies can cry up to 5 hours per day during this period.
The letters PURPLE stand for Peak of crying, Unexpected, Resists soothing, Pain like face, Long lasting, Evening.
The purple hats being sent home with newborns will come with education materials to help parents understand the frustrating but normal features of prolonged crying that all infants go through.
The CLICK for Babies campaign encourages everyone to knit one cap, tell two people and give three dollars in an effort to help create awareness of the Period of PURPLE Crying.
While they’re no longer accepting donations of purple caps for the 2017 campaign, you can still get involved by making a donation.