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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Hospital program educates new parents

  • St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital is looking for people to knit purple caps for the babies born in November as a part of the Period of PURPLE Crying program.
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  • St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital is looking for people to knit purple caps for the babies born in November as a part of the Period of PURPLE Crying program.
    "We are blessed to have a group within our community that already makes items for the babies born in St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital," Marketing Director Carla Tollett said.
    The hospital needs more purple caps for the program however, Tollett added.
    The caps will be distributed during November and December to help bring awareness to PURPLE crying that many new babies experience.
    Often called colic, PURPLE stands for:
    • Peak of crying. The crying may happen more often, reaching a peak around two months, and declining around three to five months.
    • Unexpected. The crying may come and go with no warning or apparent reason.
    • Resists soothing. It may seem that nothing will calm your baby, not even rocking him/her.
    • Pain-like face. The baby may appear to be in pain, although nothing identifiable is hurting them.
    • Long lasting. The crying may last for several hours at a time.
    • Evening. The crying may occur in the late afternoon or evening.
    Research has shown this is a normal developmental stage for some babies, and the continued crying is not a result of anything negative happening to the baby.
    The Period of PURPLE Crying program is attempting to educate parents about this occurrence, and give them ways to deal with this often frustrating stage of development.
    Partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Health, St. Anthony Shawnee will be distributing purple caps and DVDs explaining the Period of PURPLE Crying, and giving new parents and caregivers tips for how to cope with the excessive crying. It can become difficult to handle, and some parents will want to shake the baby out of frustration.
    It is important never to do this, because it can cause trauma, and other serious injuries, including death, according to Health Department officials.
    To assist the hospital with making purple caps, contact Carla Tollett at 405-878-8100.
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