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					?As a mother and a doula, I have seen and experienced firsthand the frustration and
confusion of the infant that cries for hours on end, no matter what you do. When I had
my son, he was a "high need" baby, meaning he fussed more often than not. Why?
Part of it was his temperament, but I now also know that it is a normal behavior in

I first heard about The Period of PURPLE Crying at the Carolina Parent Baby Fair
this year. PURPLE Crying is a term used to describe the period in an infant's life
when he/she cries more than any other time. It typically begins at 2 weeks of age and
continues about 3 or 4 months. How many of you parents have experienced this? I
have, and many of the parents I work with have, as well. We used to refer to this
nonstop crying as "colic," but the PURPLE Crying theory just makes so much more
sense to me.

Dr. Ronald Barr, a developmental pediatrician, who has done more studies on infant
crying than anyone in the world, came up with the phrase the Period of PURPLE
Crying. His idea was to explain this phase to parents of new babies so they would
know it was normal and they would be encouraged that it would come to an end.

Why PURPLE? Here is the acronym:
P: Peak of crying. Your baby may cry more each week. The most at 2 months, then
less at 3-5 months.

U: Unexpected. Crying can come and go and you don't know why.

R: Resists soothing. Your baby may not stop crying no matter what you try.

P: Pain-like face. A crying baby may look like they are in pain, even when they are

L: Long-lasting. Crying can last as much as 5 hours a day, or more.

E. Evening. Your baby may cry more in the late afternoon and evening.

So, what's a worn-out parent at the end of their rope to do? I've found many
techniques described by pediatrican Dr. Harvey Karp in his book "The Happiest Baby
on the Block" to be quite effective. I am trained and certified in his methods. In
addition, suggestions are offered here at The Period of PURPLE Crying's website.
Remember, the crying doesn't last forever, and it's not your fault! Be the best parent
you can be, and share the soothing responsibility with your partner so you don't get
burned out. Hang in there, and take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. Oh,
how I wish I had known then what I know now!
Amy Gottholm, PCD(DONA)