Frustration with a crying baby during the first few weeks or months of life is the number one trigger for the shaking and abuse of infants.

Frustration with a crying baby during the first few weeks or months of life is the number one trigger for the shaking and abuse of infants.

In an effort to help spread awareness about normal infant crying and the dangers of shaking an infant, a project new to Oklahoma called "Click for Babies, Period of PURPLE Caps," invites knitters and crocheters across the state to make purple-colored baby caps which will be distributed to newborns in participating hospitals as part of the Period of PURPLE® Crying program.

Knitters are asked to each make from five to 50 purple knit caps that will be distributed to babies born in participating Oklahoma hospitals this November. Volunteers are asked to help knit or crochet purple-colored
newborn baby caps using any newborn baby cap pattern and any shade of soft, baby-friendly purple yarn.

The Period of PURPLE® Crying program offers a DVD and educational materials to participating Oklahoma hospitals to provide education to parents of newborns about normal infant crying and what to do when one becomes frustrated with a crying child. Parents are shown the video in the hospital and then given a copy to share with others who may take care of the baby after leaving the hospital. The handmade purple caps serve as an additional reminder to parents about the normal "period of purple crying" that some babies may experience and the dangers of reacting with frustration by shaking or abusing an infant. Currently, 25 Oklahoma hospitals participate in the PPC program.

Send the caps by October 1 to: Lisa Rhoades, Oklahoma Child Death Review Board, 1111 N. Lee, Suite 500, Oklahoma City, OK 73103.