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Period of PURPLE Crying – Linkages Winter 2015: is a newsletter for professionals who work with children who have ongoing health conditions or disabilities.

Period of PURPLE Crying

Prolonged, unrelenting crying is the number one reason parents (and other caregivers) shake a baby. Understanding normal patterns of infant crying and learning coping skills significantly reduces the likelihood a child will be shaken or abused.*

The “Period of PURPLE Crying” is a video-based training program, developed and tested by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. In 2014 Seattle Children’s Protection, Advocacy & Outreach Program produced a short video that gives an overview of the risks of parental stress related to infant crying and explains the effectiveness of the Period of PURPLE Crying.



Seattle Children’s goal is to ensure caregivers of all newborns in Washington State learn about crying and coping before they leave the hospital. We are looking for pediatricians or family practice providers that will partner with us to include this life-saving education in their practices.

For more information or to participate in this important work contact Seattle Children’s Protection, Advocacy & Outreach Program.

*Research and articles on infant crying and shaken baby syndrome.

Phone: 206-987-3400

Disclaimer: The inclusion of any resource or website in Linkages does not imply endorsement. Produced by the Center for Children with Special Needs, a program of Seattle Children’s with support from the Washington State Department of Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program.


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