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To Prevent Infant Abuse
Each and every day infants across the world are shaken and abused because the person caring for them became frustrated with their crying.
Many times the abuse could have been prevented had the person caring for the infant only known that early infant crying may be normal.
CLICK for Babies is an initiative to help educate caregivers about normal infant crying, how to cope with crying and the dangers of reacting to crying in frustration by shaking or harming an infant.
Step 1 – Find a newborn size baby cap pattern.
Step 2 – Purchase any shade of baby friendly purple yarn. Other colours of yarn can also be used in your cap, but be sure that the cap is at least 50% purple in colour.
Step 3 – Start knitting or crocheting as many caps as you would like. Infant heads come in a variety of sizes. As a general rule, caps should have a circumference between 19.0 – 34.0 cm and a height of 9.0 – 15.0 cm.
Step 4 – Send your completed purple caps to a Ruth Mailbag Group hospital / group who have agreed to participate in this project, they are listed below. Caps to be distributed to babies in November.
Kindly note that no item may be sold, they are to be given to the babies and their moms free of any charge!!!
Please mark all packages “FOR CHARITY – NO RETAIL VALUE”.
Thank you, in anticipation!
Founder - The Ruth Mailbag Group
Purple hats for newborn babies
In aid of PURPLE Crying and Shaken Baby Syndrome
Hosted by the Ruth Mailbag Group
The Letters in PURPLE Stand for
PEAK OF CRYING Your baby may cry more each week. The most at 2 months, then less at 3 – 5 months.
UNEXPECTED Crying can come and go and you don’t know why.
RESISTS SOOTHING Your baby may not stop crying no matter what you try.
PAIN-LIKE FACE A crying baby may look like they are in pain, even when they are not.
LONG LASTING Crying can last as much as 5 hours a day, or more.
EVENING Your baby may cry more in the late afternoon and evening.
When a crying baby starts frustrating or angering you, it is time to take a break. Ask your spouse, partner, a relative or friend if they could help with the baby for awhile. If none of these options are available, set your baby gently in a safe place and walk away for a couple of minutes to calm down.
Beanies And Blankets For Babies: King Dinuzulu Hospital Complex (previously King George V Hospital)
Address: PO DOMERTON 4019; Physical Address: Corner of Dr R D Naidoo drive and Viola Road , Sydenham DurbanFor attention: Mr Thami Chizama (PRO)
Needs: Baby receiving blankets, rompers, vests, nappies, socks, hats, baby wipes, towels, face cloths.
CONTACT PERSON: Snoeks Desmond: I live very near King Dinuzulu Hospital and would be happy to help with receiving gifts / a place where people can drop things off instead of posting them and then helping by taking them to the hospital. I live in a block of flats where access is controlled so people will have to contact me before arriving with gifts.
Address: 3 Achadhu, 337 Montpelier Road, Durban 4001
Phone: 031-2076503 / 0837835117
THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP: Ladysmith Provincial Hospital
Address for donations: The Ruth Mailbag Group, C/o P C Galaxy, 23 b Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, South AfricaNeeds: preterm and full term baby clothes, blankets, nappies, soft toys and toiletries
General: toiletries, facecloths and bed socks for the boarder moms
Fax: 086 516 4618
Potchefstroom: Matron Joyce: email@example.com (Please email her and ask for her postal or physical address.)