Purple Caps and Our Stitchers of Love

Purple Caps and Our Stitchers of Love
By Julius Ariail
Posted February 8, 2015

Purple caps made by our Stitchers of Love

Our Stitchers of Love knitting group has been working on making purple caps for premature babies as part of the “Don’t Shake Your Baby” campaign sponsored by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS). According to the Rev. Deacon Patricia Marks, “The response from Christ Church folks was wonderfully generous and loving!” These caps were blessed by our Rector, the Rev. Dr. Dave Johnson, on February 1, 2015, and then were delivered to Dr. Jan Loeffler’s Pediatric and Adolescent Care clinic in Valdosta.

The NCSBS organization has a website with an intriguing name, “Click for Babies“, where “click” refers to the sound of knitting needles at work. As part of the campaign to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome, this organization has requested donations of purple caps for babies to help new parents deal with episodes of unexplained infant crying as part of their Period of PURPLE Crying campaign. According to their website,

The Period of PURPLE Crying is a new way to help parents understand this time in their baby’s life, which is a normal part of every infant’s development. It is confusing and concerning to be told your baby “has colic” because it sounds like it is an illness or a condition that is abnormal. When the baby is given medication to treat symptoms of colic, it reinforces the idea that there is something wrong with the baby, when in fact, the baby is going through a very normal developmental phase. That is why we prefer to refer to this time as the Period of PURPLE Crying. This is not because the baby turns purple while crying. The acronym is a meaningful and memorable way to describe what parents and their babies are going through.

The Period of PURPLE Crying begins at about 2 weeks of age and continues until about 3-4 months of age. There are other common characteristics of this phase, or period, which are better described by the acronym PURPLE. All babies go through this period. It is during this time that some babies can cry a lot and some far less, but they all go through it.

The meaning of the letters in the PURPLE campaign