Facility participating in second annual babies campaign.

St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital is launching the second annual “Click for babies, Period of PURPLE Caps” campaign to help spread awareness about normal infant crying and the dangers of shaking an infant.

Knitters and crocheters are invited to make purple colored baby caps and bring them to St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital information desk. The caps will be given to parents of newborns in the hospital during the month of November.

The purple caps will serve as a reminder of the Period of PURPLE Crying prevention program, an educational program for parents of newborns.

The program provides information about normal infant crying and the dangers of reacting to that crying in frustration by shaking or abusing an infant. The goal is for the purple caps to help create awareness and reinforce information contained in the PURPLE program to families.

The acronym PURPLE is used to describe specific characteristics of an infant's crying during this phase and let parents and caregivers know that what they are experiencing is indeed normal and, although frustrating, is simply a phase in their child's development that will pass.

The word Period is important because it tells parents that it is only temporary and will come to an end.

If you are interested in knitting or crocheting caps, call Christy Benard at 405-395-1521.