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Pardee Hospital spreads awareness about Period of Purple Crying

During the month of November Pardee will be helping to raise awareness of the Period of Purple Crying, which is the normal period in an infant’s development when they cry more than any other time, sometimes inconsolably. Pardee is providing babies with purple hats and parents with informational DVDs to prevent infant abuse. Pardee Auxiliary members and community knitters and crocheters have helped to knit over 45 purple colored baby caps. These caps will then be distributed to new babies in the month of November to raise awareness of Period of Purple crying. The national campaign, titled “Click for Babies”, encourages participation through the clicking of knitting needles. It is a North America initiative sponsored by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome that is organized across the state through a collaborative effort with UNC – Chapel Hill who has donated DVDs to give to new parents. Each new mom watches the DVD while in the hospital and receives instruction on what normal newborn crying patterns are and how to cope with it. This program provides life saving information about normal infant crying and the dangers of reacting to that crying in frustration by shaking or abusing an infant.

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