Calling all Knitters! LHSC needs purple baby caps

Support the Period of PURPLE Crying and help prevent infant abuse in Southwestern Ontario

September 2, 2014

London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is again calling on knitters to knit or crochet purple-coloured newborn caps for baby boys and girls.

Caps will be given to babies at LHSC, as well as local hospitals and public health units, during the month of November. The goal is to educate parents and caregivers about the “Period of PURPLE Crying,” a normal but frustrating period of increased crying infants experience in the first few weeks and months after birth.

Baby bot with purple capKnitters are free to use any newborn baby cap pattern. Caps should be made of any shade of soft, baby-friendly purple yarn, be at least 50% purple in colour, and free of straps, strings, pom-poms or other potential choking and strangling hazards.

This year, there is an increased need for baby boy “gender friendly” caps. Please feel free to include blues, browns and other masculine colours in the cap designs. 

Since 2011, over 13,000 handmade caps have been donated to LHSC. The campaign is a grassroots public education campaign organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) in partnership with hospitals, public health and child abuse prevention groups. All Period of PURPLE Crying initiatives at LHSC are supported by Children’s Health Foundation

Completed caps can be mailed or dropped off by October 31, 2014 to:
London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital
800 Commissioners Road East, Room E1-129
London, ON N6A 5W9
519-685-8500 ext. 76795

Follow LHSC on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to see some of the donated purple caps.  

For more information please contact Lisa Wolfs, Injury Prevention Specialist at 519-685-8500 ext. 75339 or Kelly Barzsa-Jenkins, Perinatal Nurse Consultant at 519-685-8500 ext. 65900.

Woman knitting a purple cap

About the Period of PURPLE Crying

The Period of PURPLE Crying is a way for parents to understand their baby’s crying. The word PURPLE is an acronym which reminds parents in an easy to remember way all of the characteristics of normal infant crying. The letters in PURPLE stand for:

  • Peak of crying – The baby may cry more each week, peaking at two months, and then less at three to five months.
  • Unexpected – The crying can come and go, with no explanation.
  • Resists soothing – The baby might not stop crying no matter what you try.
  • Pain-like face – It may look like the baby is in pain, even when they are not.
  • Long lasting – The baby might cry 5 hours per day or more.
  • Evening – The baby might cry more in the late afternoon or evening. 



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