Knit one, tell two! Help spread awareness for the Period of PURPLE Crying

October 5, 2016


Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is calling on knitters to knit or crochet a purple colored newborn cap, and tell two people about the Period of PURPLE Crying. 

Why purple? The Period of PURPLE Crying is something that many babies experience and is characterized often by periods of inconsolable crying. The purple hats remind parents and caregivers that babies cry, sometimes for hours and that this is often normal. Never shake a baby. More information on the Period of PURPLE Crying can be found here.

Caps will be given to babies at LHSC, as well as local hospitals and public health units, during the months of November and December. The goal is to educate parents and caregivers about the “Period of PURPLE Crying.”

We have received an incredible response from our community in past years. In 2015 alone we received an amazing 15,000 hats! Approximately 6,000 babies are born at LHSC each year, leaving us with many hats leftover to be given out this year. This time we are challenging knitters to tell at least two people about the Period of Purple Crying, and donate one hat.  

Knitters 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. 

Since 2011, over 38,000 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, 2016 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 Brandon Batey, Injury Prevention Specialist at 519-685-8500 ext. 75339.

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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Last Updated October 21, 2016 | © 2007, LHSC, London Ontario Canada