7.12.11 Purple Infant Hats

July 12, 2011; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE………….pdf posters are available
Candy Eaton, Program Director
Downeast Children’s Council, a program of Downeast Health Services Inc.
52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, ME  04605

207-667-5304, ext. 261; children@downeasthealth.org

Downeast Children’s Council joins National Click for Babies knitting initiative

Knitters and crocheters across Maine are being recruited to help prevent infant abuse

The Downeast Children’s Council, a program of Downeast Health Services, is seeking crafts people throughout Hancock & Washington counties to join our statewide initiative to knit or crochet purple caps to be distributed to new infants through our local birthing hospitals.  Click for Babies: Period of PURPLE Crying infant caps is a national initiative organized across Maine to educate parents and caregivers about the Period of PURPLE Crying.  For local information, contact Candy Eaton at 667-5304 ext. 261 or email children@downeasthealth.org

You can help prevent infant abuse and educate parents and caregivers about the Period of PURPLE Crying by knitting any number of PURPLE colored caps for infants.  Purple caps are being collected starting today until Halloween (October 31st) by dropping them off at Downeast Health Services offices in Ellsworth and Machias.  Caps can be knitted or crocheted using any shade of purple yarn.   If you do not knit, but would like to support this project, you may donate soft baby friendly purple yarn to local knitting groups or delivered to Downeast Health Services, 52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth.

The Period of PURPLE Crying is a normal developmental phase that all healthy babies experience between two weeks and four months, characterized by long periods of crying.  Not all infants cry for long periods of time, they cry more during this period with some crying more than six hours a day and some crying only a couple hours, but it is still more than any other time in the infant’s life.  Frustration

with a baby’s crying is the number one trigger for shaking and abuse.

We want to get people talking about and sharing the Period of PURPLE Crying with others and knitting PURPLE caps is a great way to make that connection and introduce this life saving information.  By letting others know that crying is normal, you can help stop infant abuse.

The letters in PURPLE stand for:

Peak of Crying – The baby may cry more each week, peaking at two months, and then less at three to five months.


– The crying can come and go, with no explanation.

Resists soothing – The baby might not stop crying no matter what.

Pain-like face – It may look like the baby is in pain, even when they are not.

Long Lasting – The baby might cry 5 hours per day or more.

Evening – The baby might cry more in the afternoon or evening, just when parents are getting home from work and tired from a long day.

Click for Babies is sponsored by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, Maine Children’s Trust and Maine Association to Prevent Child Abuse Councils, of which Downeast Children’s Council is a member.  For more information about Click for Babies and to start knitting now to prevent infant abuse, visit www.clickforbabies.org.


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