What’s up with the color PURPLE, doc?
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and here at MP, this is near and dear to our hearts. As parents, pediatricians, and humans, we want all kids to be safe and happy in environments free from abuse.
What does PURPLE have to do with child abuse?
It is an acronym to help parents understand specific characteristics of an infant cry, and while it can be trying and frustrating, it’s most often normal and most importantly, temporary! Parental stress, frustration, and isolation are among the highest risk factors for child abuse, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Acknowledging that your child’s behavior during the PURPLE crying period is normal can help reduce this risk.
Peak of Crying – Crying peaks during the second month, decreasing after that
Unexpected – Crying comes and goes unexpectedly, for no apparent reason
Resists Soothing – Crying continues despite all soothing efforts by caregivers
Pain-like Face – Infants look like they are in pain, even when they are not
Long Lasting – Crying can go on for 30-40 minutes at a time, and often for much longer
Evening Crying – Crying occurs more in the late afternoon and evening
Check out this link to hear our very own Drs. Malcom and Powers talk about PURPLE crying!
- Child Abuse Prevention, an excellent resource page from the APP
- What to Know about Child Abuse, tips from HealthyChildren.org about recognizing the signs of abuse
- Parent Tips for Preventing and Identifying Child Sexual Abuse, a tip sheet for prevention of sexual abuse