NORTH CONWAY HOSPITAL PARTICIPATES IN PURPLE CAP PROGRAM

by Christian Mower on May 2, 2012

THE CLINICAL MANAGER OF THE BIRTHING CENTER AT NORTH CONWAY’S MEMORIAL HOSPITAL HOPES A BABY BORN AT THE HOSPITAL WILL GO HOME SOON WEARING A PURPLE KNITTED CAP.

KRISTINE DASCOULIAS – A REGISTERED NURSE AND MOTHER OF TWO YOUNG BOYS – SAYS SHE APPRECIATES THE INFORMATION MEMORIAL IS ABLE TO PROVIDE PARENTS OF NEWBORNS ABOUT THEIR CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT – AND HOW TO DEAL WITH THOSE FRUSTRATING TIMES WHEN THE BABY CRIES FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME.

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IS ONE OF NINE HOSPITALS AROUND THE STATE JOINING THE NEW HAMPSHIRE CHILDREN’S TRUST TO ELIMINATE CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT THROUGH THE MAKING AND DISTRIBUTING OF SMALL PURPLE COLORED KNITTED CAPS THAT REPRESENT WHAT’S CALLED THE PERIOD OF PURPLE – WHEN A 5 OR 6-WEEK OLD BABY CAN CRY FOR LONG PERIODS.

THE IDEA IS TO GIVE PARENTS – AND PARTICULARLY NEW MOTHERS – THE COPING SKILLS TO DEAL WITH EXTENDED PERIODS OF CRYING – TO TEACH THEM THAT IT’S A NORMAL PART OF THEIR CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT – AND ABOVE ALL, TO AVOID HAVING THEM SHAKE THE BABY OUT OF FRUSTRATION.

THAT CAN CAUSE SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME – ALSO KNOWN AS ABUSIVE HEAD TRAUMA, SOMETHING THE TRUST SAYS IS THE MOST DANGEROUS AND COMMON FORM OF ABUSE OF CHILDREN LESS THAN A YEAR OLD.

DASCOULIAS HOPES PEOPLE WILL START KNITTING – AND DROPPING OFF THE LITTLE PURPLE HATS AT THE HOSPITAL.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM, CALL MEMORIAL AT (603) 356-5461 OR SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.memorialhospitalnh.org.