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New research shows program effective in educating parents about prevention of shaken baby syndrome
Date:3/2/2009

ely to share information with caregivers about strategies for coping with the frustration of infant crying, and seven percent more likely to warn caregivers of the dangers of shaking.

Like their American counterparts, Vancouver mothers who received the PURPLE materials scored 6 percent higher in knowledge about crying, were 13 percent more likely to share information with caregivers about coping with inconsolable crying, 12.9 percent more likely to share information about the dangers of shaking, and 7.6 percent more likely to share information about crying.

"Changing knowledge is a critical first step in changing behavior, and this is important public health work because the results show it's possible to change people's ideas about crying." said Dr. Barr. PURPLE materials are designed to teach parents that crying is normal and frustrating for caregivers, and they list the following features as typical:

  • Peak pattern, when crying increases, peaks in second month, then declines
  • Unexpected timing of prolonged crying
  • Resistance to soothing
  • Pain-like look on the face
  • Long crying bouts
  • Evening and late afternoon clustering


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Contact: Kellie Tormey
ktormey@u.washington.edu
206-744-9430
University of Washington - Harborview Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

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