Why People Are Knitting Purple Hats To Help Mothers Keep Their Crying Babies Safe

Understand the Period of Purple Crying.

The leading cause of physical child abuse in the United States is Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) or Abusive Head Trauma (AHT), a term "used to describe the constellation of signs and symptoms resulting from violent shaking or shaking and impacting of the head of an infant or small child," the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) reports.

SBS/AHT can cause learning disabilities, physical disabilities, seizures, behavior disorders, and even death, among other consequences. And sometimes, SBS is caused as people respond to periods of prolonged crying. 

CLICK for Babies, a public education campaign, helps to raise awareness for the Period of Purple Crying program — representing "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." Each one of the letters in the word "purple" stands for one of a baby's crying properties, such as a pain-like face and evening crying sessions. 

"The program approaches SBS/AHT and infant abuse prevention by helping parents and caregivers understand the frustrating features of crying in normal, healthy infants that can lead to shaking or abuse," the NCSBS adds.

Therefore, CLICK for Babies hopes to remind people that this period of time is something all infants go through, and it's important to never shake your child in response. 

To help raise awareness, mothers across America can join CLICK's knitting program, knitting purple infant caps to be sent to families in November and December, reminding them of the program and preventing SBS. 

Maria Galant is one of the women in the knitting program. She and her daughter Isabella started a knit-a-thon to raise awareness.  

"Knitting, crocheting, any craft, if you can put it to use to bring awareness; it's important to let them know that they are not alone," Amruta More, one of the knitters, says in a video for Scary Mommy about the program. 



Hopefully, the program will continue to help mothers feel confident in their care for their babies and protect them from harm. 

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