"Absolutely, we were surprised at the response and numbers," Phillips said. "I think people see it as a tiny way to contribute and be part of a bigger solution."
First-time mother Holly Ingram, whose son was born Tuesday, is a cardiology nurse who said she appreciates the caps and the program to educate people about the dangers of shaking an infant. As a medical professional, she knows the human body is fragile.
The important message seemed clear to parents who gathered outside the nursery to observe their newest family members. "You just have to lay the baby down, walk away and collect yourself," Taylor said. "The babies are helpless."
For more information on The Period of PURPLE Crying" program, visit www.purplecrying.info. For more information on knitting purple caps for Women and Children's, call Kelly Gilbert at 304-388-2545.
Reach Julie Robinson at jul...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.
PURPLE is an acronym to help people remember the characteristics of this particular type of crying:
• Peak -- Crying often peaks at about 2 months old.
• Unexpected -- Crying may start and stop for no apparent reason.
• Resists soothing -- Babies may keep crying no matter what you do.
• Pain-like face -- Babies look like they're in pain, even when nothing is wrong.
• Long-lasting -- Babies may cry five hours a day or more.
• Evenings -- Babies tend to cry more during late afternoons or evenings.