WICHITA -- Shaken Baby syndrome, also known as abusive head trauma, is the most dangerous and most common form of abuse in children under one. In an effort to spread awareness about normal infant crying, the number one trigger for the shaking and abuse of infants, Kansas Children’s Service League is joining a national public education campaign to make thousands of purple colored baby caps to give to parents and remind them about this frustrating, although normal, period in an infant’s development.
The grassroots campaign called, CLICK for Babies: Period of PURPLE Crying Caps, invites knitters and crocheters across North America to make purple colored baby caps which will be delivered to families in November and December with the Period of PURPLE Crying, an evidence based program that educates parents about normal infant crying, ways to cope with the crying and the dangers of reacting in frustration by shaking or abusing an infant.
Kansas has been invited to participate in the national CLICK for Babies campaign, now in its second year, by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. “Kansas has shown a commitment to the prevention of infant abuse and has made great strides in providing education to parents and caregivers,” says Ryan Steinbeigle, Director of Development for the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Kansas Children’s Service League has set a goal of collecting 7,500 purple caps for the 2012 campaign. Caps will be collected from now until the end of September and distributed to babies in birthing hospitals during November and December.
Knitters and crocheters are invited to send their finished caps to the KCSL Wichita office at 1365 N. Custer, Wichita, KS 67203.
More information about the CLICK for Babies campaign, including additional statewide drop-off sites, patterns for caps, guidelines and details about the Kansas campaign are available at www.CLICKforbabies.org.