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Calling all knitters!
LHSC recruiting knitters for Shaken Baby Syndrome awareness campaign
LONDON, Ontario – The Trauma program at London Health Sciences Centre’s Children’s Hospital is recruiting knitters to help raise awareness about Shaken Baby Syndrome. Interested knitters are being asked to knit or crochet purple baby caps in any pattern or shade of purple, and to not include strings, pom-poms or wool on the baby caps.
The caps will be provided to parents and caregivers, in support of The Period of PURPLE Crying® program, which provides important information to parents and caregivers regarding infant crying patterns and comforting strategies, and education on Shaken Baby Syndrome.
“The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the point in a baby’s life when they cry more than any other time,” says Denise Polgar, injury prevention specialist, LHSC. “We want everyone to know that crying is normal and that it is never okay to shake or harm an infant.”
Through a generous grant from the Children’s Health Foundation, in 2009, Children’s Hospital was the first hospital in Ontario to adopt the Shaken Baby Syndrome education program in their mother/newborn unit. The program includes nursing staff providing individual education to each woman/family, including a take-home 11-page colour booklet and DVD, focusing on positive messages on coping with infant crying.
Completed caps can be mailed or dropped off by October 20, 2011 to:
Denise Polgar, injury prevention specialist
Trauma Program, Room E1-129
Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre
800 Commissioners Road East
London, ON N6A 5W9
A follow-up knitting event to raise further awareness about the Period of PURPLE Crying is being planned for Fall 2011.
For knitting patterns, please refer to clickforbabies.org or