Knitting club makes baby hats for infants

Adrianna Sputa ‘15
Online Editor

 

Stay alert this winter! LCN’s knitting club has been asked by a coordinator of The Period of PURPLE Crying to help their program this holiday season.
This is an evidence-based program to help caregivers understand this normal increased crying in healthy infants in order to prevent abuse, specifically shaken baby syndrome. This program uses the word ‘PURPLE” as an acronym to help parents remember the characteristics of normal infant crying. “P” stands for Peak of crying, “U” stands for Unexpected, “R” stands for Resists soothing, the next “P” stands for Pain-like face, the “L” stands for Long Lasting, and the “E” stands for Evening.
Parents experience a lot of frustration with their infant’s crying because they don’t realize how much they may cry. This frustration is the leading reason some people abuse an infant.
The Knitting Club will be knitting many purple baby hats, which will go to a number of newborns this season. Club sponsor Sarah Youngs is very excited to have the opportunity to participate in this program. The reasoning behind the club’s participation is, “to help raise awareness for shaken baby syndrome,” Youngs said.
Shaken Baby Syndrome is a form of child abuse caused by intentional shaking with usually no external trauma visible.
“I think it’s really awesome that we’re doing this and raising awareness for all the mothers out there,” said Yesenia Baldivia-Zarate ’14.
The club received most of the purple yarn through donations by LCN students. All of the hats they make will be donated to local community hospitals. Knitting these hats has made many members of the club feel like they’ve made a small impact on a subject that is so overlooked.
“It makes me feel good that from a skill I’ve acquired, it helps me give back to the community,” said Alli Parski ’15.
Knitting Club meets on Fridays after school in Youngs’ room, 208. If you are an avid knitter or want to learn, talk to Youngs for more information.

The amount of purple hats continuously grows as knitters donate their time for a good cause.

The amount of purple hats continuously grows as knitters donate their time for a good cause.