Knitters Can Help Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome This FallKatherine Stone
The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) is collecting purple infant hats for its CLICK for Babies 2013 campaign. Their goal for the campaign is to raise awareness of and decrease infant abuse by giving knitted or crocheted purple caps to newborn boys and girls in hospitals in the US and Canada this November and December. The hats will serve to educate and remind parents about purple crying, a normal but frustrating period of increased crying that all infants experience in the first few weeks and months after birth.
Purple crying usually begins at about two weeks of age, peaks in the second month postpartum, and abates in the third or fourth month. It resists soothing, usually occurs in late afternoon or evening, and can last as long as five hours. Because infant crying is the number one trigger for shaking babies, its crucial to educate parents about this issue. In the most severe cases of shaken baby syndrome, which usually result in death or severe neurological consequences, the child usually becomes immediately unconscious and suffers rapidly escalating, life-threatening central nervous system dysfunction.
The CLICK for Babies campaign is a great project for all you knitters and crafters out there. Create one yourself and get a community team together to make a bunch of purple hats for CLICK for Babies. You can use any newborn baby cap pattern and any shade of soft, baby-friendly purple yarn. If you need a pattern, you can get one here. The hat needs to be at least 50% purple and free of any choking or strangling hazards so no straps or strings. All hat donations should be sent to NCSBS at 1433 North 1075 West, Suite 110, Farmington, UT, 84025.
The NCSBS hopes to get at least 100,000 hats, so get those knitting needles clicking!!