Attention all knitters! The Oklahoma State Department of Health and 14 other states need 5,000 purple baby hats by October, and they need our help.
Health officials are joining forces with the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. To prevent serious brain injury, caused by forcefully shaking an infant or young child. The campaign’s name, Click for Babies, refers to the clicking sound that knitters make with their needles.
The New York State Department of Health warns that an estimated 1,000-3,000 babies suffer from shaken baby syndrome a year. It can “cause brain injury, cerebral palsy, blindness, hearing loss, learning and behavior problems, seizures, paralysis, and death.” One fourth of victims of SBS die, and approximately 80 percent of survivors suffer from permanent damage.
Experts believe that the biggest trigger causing people to shake babies is frustration with a persistently crying child, which they refer to as the “purple” period of crying.
The organization provides knit and crochet patterns. Hats have to be purple and made from baby-friendly yarn. The pieces should measure 14 inches around and their height has to fall in-between 4-6 inches.