Purple hats for babies born at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center helps educate new parents about purple crying

Purple hats are part of the CLICK for Babies campaign.

October 31, 2017

- Bellingham, Wash.,—During November and December every baby born at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center will go home with a purple hat and educational materials for the parents to learn about the stage of increased crying in babies and to help prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome.

The hats are courtesy of Seattle Children’s Hospital as part of their CLICK for Babies campaign, which supports the Period of PURPLE Crying program, an evidence-based shaken baby syndrome/abuse trauma program (SBS/AHT). The program has two main aims.

  1. To support parent and caregivers in their understanding of early, increased infant crying.
  2. To reduce the incidences of SBS/AHT.

The purple hats are designed to serve as a reminder to new parents about what they learned during their hospital stay and to better prepare them for the stage of increased crying in their baby.

To learn more about the PURPLE Crying program go to www.CLICKforBabies.org.

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About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a medical group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission.

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