National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

These cute purple hats could help save an infant’s life.

If you love to knit or crochet, your skills are needed. To raise awareness about the “Period of PURPLE Crying” the Oklahoma State Department of Health is enlisting volunteers to make caps for infants.

The Period of PURPLE Crying is a time when babies cry more than any other time in their life. Many people refer to this stage, which begins at about 2-weeks of age and continues until about 3-4 months of age, as “cholic.” All babies experience it in varying degrees. It’s a frustrating time that unfortunately increases the instances of Shaken Baby Syndrome. According to the OSDH, an estimated 1,200 to 1,400 babies are injured or killed by shaking each year in the U.S.

This year, OSDH aims to provide new mothers with 4,300 purple caps across 41 Oklahoma hospitals, to remind them that the Period of PURPLE Crying is a normal and healthy part of infancy, that it is not their fault, and that it is not going to last forever.

 National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

 

“Volunteers are encouraged to knit or crochet newborn baby boy and girl caps of any shade of purple with soft, baby-friendly yarn,” OSDH announced via a press release. The caps can have a variety of fun colors and patterns, as long as they are at least “50 percent purple and free of straps, strings or other potential choking hazards.”

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Note that purple baby caps are accepted year-round, but only caps received by Oct. 1 will make it in this year’s hospital distribution.

Donations can be mailed to:

Oklahoma State Department of Health

ATTN: Maternal and Child Health

1000 NE 10th St

Oklahoma City, Ok 73117-1299

For more information and to obtain patterns for caps visit OK.gov. Now get to knitting, ya’ll!