Calling all Knitters! Children's Hospital in need of purple baby caps

September 28, 2015 

baby in purple cap

Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is again calling on knitters to knit or crochet purple colored newborn caps for baby boys and girls. 

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 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 month of November. The goal is to educate parents and caregivers about the “Period of PURPLE Crying.”

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. 

We have received a great response from our community in past years, and this time we are challenging everyone who knits a hat to tell at least two people about the Period of Purple Crying.  

Since 2011, over 23,000 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, 2015 to: 

London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital
800 Commissioners Road East, Room E1-129
London, ON N6A 5W9
519-685-8500 ext. 76795

You can send as many caps as you would like! Follow LHSC on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to see some of the donated purple caps. You are also welcome to use the hashtag #LHSCPurple to share your own photos!

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

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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