Period of Purple Crying

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The Period of Purple Crying

The American Family Children's Hospital is working to prevent shaken baby syndrome through a community-based educational program called The Period of Purple Crying

What the Period of Purple Crying Means

The Period of Purple Crying is a way to help parents understand a developmental phase every infant goes through. It is a stage in which babies cry more than any other time.

PURPLE refers to:

P - Peak of crying. Babies may cry most at two months of age, then less between three to five months.

U - Unexpected. Crying can come and go with no reason.

R- Resists Soothing. No matter how hard you try, your baby may not stop crying.

P - Pain-like Face. Babies may look like they are in pain, even when they're not.

L - Long Lasting. Periods of crying can last as long as five hours or more.

E - Evening. Babies may cry more in the late afternoon and evening.

The period generally begins at two weeks of age and ends when a baby is three to four months old. Every baby goes through this stage of development, but extremes in crying vary, leaving some parents very frustrated.

The American Family Children's Hospital is implementing this educational program to let parents know that unexplainable crying is sometimes a normal part of a child's development. Providing accurate information about early infant crying, at the right time, can help reduce the number of infants that suffer Shaken Baby Syndrome.

If you need someone to talk to right now about your baby's crying, please go to our Parenting Resources page for phone line information.