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For Release: Sept. 18, 2012 - Pamela Williams, Office of Communications - (405) 271-5601

Deadline Extended to Nov. 30 for Newborn Caps Project
Click for Babies to Help Prevent Infant Abuse

In order to allow more time for the knitting and crocheting of newborn caps, the Oklahoma “Click for Babies,” Period of PURPLE® Crying (PPC) project has extended the deadline to Nov. 30 for people to mail in the purple newborn caps for distribution to local participating hospitals. The program is an effort to help spread awareness about normal infant crying and the dangers of shaking an infant to parents of newborns. Send the caps by Nov. 30 to: Lisa Rhoades, Oklahoma Child Death Review Board (CDRB), 1111 N. Lee, Suite 500, Oklahoma City, OK 73103.

Frustration with a crying baby during the first few weeks or months of life is the number one trigger for the shaking and abuse of infants. The Period of PURPLE® Crying (PPC) program offers a DVD and educational materials to participating Oklahoma hospitals to provide education to parents of newborns about normal infant crying and what to do when one becomes frustrated with a crying child. The handmade purple caps serve as an additional  reminder to parents about the normal “period of purple crying” that some babies may experience, and the dangers of reacting with frustration by shaking or abusing an infant.

Oklahoma knitters are asked to make from five to 50 purple knit caps that will be distributed to babies born in participating Oklahoma hospitals during November and December each year.  Volunteers are asked to help knit or crochet purple-colored newborn baby caps using any newborn baby cap pattern and any shade of soft, baby-friendly purple yarn. 

“We are getting a good response from the community, but we still need more caps, so spread the word,” said Ann Benson of the Maternal and Child Health Service at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. “This first year we are working with about 17 of the 59 birthing hospitals and will need about 2,000 newborn caps,” she said.

The Period of PURPLE® Crying (PPC) program and the “Click for Babies” project are part of Oklahoma’s “Preparing for a Lifetime, It’s Everyone’s Responsibility” initiative to reduce infant deaths in the state. To learn more about the initiative to help reduce infant mortality in Oklahoma visit http://iio.health.ok.gov. For additional information about the newborn caps project call Benson at (405) 271-4471 or Nicole Chasteen, Child Death Review Board, (405) 606-4900. 

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