The letters in PURPLE all stand for something different.
P – Peak of crying. Your baby may cry more each week, the most in month two, then less in months three to five.
U – Unexpected. Crying can come and go and you don’t know why.
R – Resists soothing. Your baby may not stop crying no matter what you try.
P – Pain-like face. A crying baby may look like they’re in pain, even when they are not.
L – Long lasting. Crying can last as much as 5 hours a day, or more.
E – Evening. Your baby may cry more in the late afternoon and evening.
It’s important to remember that babies can still be healthy and normal even if they cry five hours a day. It may be frustrating, but the period of PURPLE crying will come to an end. There are things you can try to help comfort your baby when they’re crying.
- Check to see if he is hungry, tired or needs changing
- Walk and sing with your baby
- Give your baby a warm bath
- Take your baby for a walk or ride in the car
- Hold your baby close to you with skin-to-skin contact
If it’s too frustrating, it’s OK to WALK AWAY. Put your baby in a safe place and take a few minutes to calm yourself, then go back and check on the baby. NEVER shake or hurt a baby. Remember, you can always check with your doctor to see if there is something wrong that is causing the crying.
Remember these words, FEED, ROCK, TAKE A BREAK, DON’T SHAKE. For even more information, log on to www.dontshake.org.