P.E.I. awarded for shaken baby program

The P.E.I. government is getting international recognition for its efforts in preventing shaken baby syndrome.

Island first to take Period of Purple Crying program provincewide

Volunteers have been knitting and crocheting purple hats for babies that are given out at P.E.I.'s two main hospitals. (P.E.I. Women's Institute)

The P.E.I. government is getting international recognition for its efforts in preventing shaken baby syndrome.

It's a huge effort.- Julie Price, National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

The Period of Purple Crying program tells parents about an infant's tendency to cry for long periods of time. The idea behind the program is it will help prevent parents from getting frustrated when they can't stop their baby's crying.

The program includes an information booklet and 10-minute DVD watched by both parents during their stay in the maternity ward. Nurses then answer any questions.

Health PEI officials say since introducing the program provincewide in November, all parents and caregivers of newborns have received training both in hospital and at home, which the American National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome calls a significant achievement.

"We would like to recognize that within the jurisdictions and award them and make a deal out of it," said executive director Julie Price.

"It's a huge effort and Prince Edward Island has achieved that."

Price said Prince Edward Island is the first to go provincewide with the program.

Various community groups, knitting clubs and Island crafters have helped raise awareness of the program by knitting or crocheting purple hats and donating them to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Prince County Hospital maternity wards. More than 1,400 have been made.

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