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British Columbia Team Wins Child Abuse & Neglect Article of the Year for PURPLE Study


The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) would like to congratulate our colleagues in British Columbia on having their research selected by the journal Child Abuse and Neglect as the 2018 article of the year. The article titled, Eight-year outcome of implementation of abusive head trauma prevention, is a hugely important contribution to the field of Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma (SBS/AHT) prevention and to the Period of PURPLE Crying program.

Anyone who has worked in the field of prevention can tell you just how challenging it is to move the needle. It is difficult to fully understand all aspects that contribute to something like child abuse. It requires diligence, persistence and a willingness to critically evaluate our efforts in order to make prevention effective. There is a saying that many of you have probably heard that guides those of us working in the field that goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

The years of effort and work to evaluate the PURPLE program by our colleagues in British Columbia hardly fits the analogy of an “ounce” of prevention, however, this recognition, I think, illustrates just how important and impactful prevention can be if we remain committed.

I hope that you will join all of us at the National Center in congratulating the researchers, academics, prevention professionals, and donors who made this study possible for this most impressive recognition.

Ryan Steinbeigle
Executive Director
National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

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Middle school students use knitting to give back
KAKE News ABC, Wichita, Kansas


Ms. Haney's knitting class at Mayberry Cultural and Fine Arts Magnet Middle School is a class with a heart for giving.

"I started off thinking that they were going to want to knit for themselves," said Ms. Haney. "But actually their heart has been completely in charity knits."

Those hearts and hands will benefit the 2019 CLICK for Babies campaign.

"We're making them for a reminder for young moms that way they don't shake their babies when they're crying," says Monique Martinez, a student at Mayberry Magnet. "I like how we get to help people in our neighborhood, in our community."

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This Mom is Knitting to Save Babies' Lives
Scary Mommy


Sometimes the crying is overwhelming. The stress of a fussy newborn combined with exhaustion is a hell like no other. Especially during the first four months, persistent crying can make parents — especially moms — feel inadequate and frustrated. Unfortunately, inconsolable babies can become victims of shaken baby syndrome. It happens in every community, and it needs to stop. One Scary Mommy is working to help protect babies and support new mothers through the CLICK for Babies Campaign.

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Babies Will Be Leaving Utah Hospitals in PURPLE Knit Caps
Good4Utah, Salt Lake City, UT


Crafters here in Utah and across the country have been busy knitting and crocheting purple caps for newborn babies. The 10,000 purple caps will be distributed to about 20 hospitals in Utah, and some across North America in the months of November and December. It's for the CLICK for Babies: Period of PURPLE Crying campaign, organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. The campaign strives to raise awareness for the Period of PURPLE Crying and to prevent the shaking and abuse of infants.

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Enid Woman Helps CLICK for Babies Campaign Surpass Goal
Enid News & Eagle, Enid, OK


An Enid woman recently helped Oklahoma State Department of Health surpass its goal for this year's Click for Babies campaign. Click for Babies rallies people who know how to knit or crochet to make purple caps for newborns, which are used as reminders and educational aids in the Health Department's campaign against Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS).

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