Crocheting for a class and a cause
UNH students knit purple caps to raise awareness of shaken baby syndrome
"We all kind of helped each other in the beginning. It helps with group dynamics and working with other people," he said.
Each student has committed to producing two caps each by Oct. 1. The hats they make and collect from other students and faculty will be donated and distributed through the class's partner organization, the New Hampshire Children's Trust.
"Typically, we get people who have been knitting or crocheting for a long, long time," she said.
"It's a younger demographic than we normally interact with and a predominantly male class," Mitchell said. "It is nice to get them involved and also have them know about the period of purple crying - for when they're older and have children."
The Children's Trust is coordinating the state's participation in the national Click for Babies: Period of PURPLE Crying Caps campaign of the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome.(PURPLE is an acronym that describes the characteristics of a developmental stage of increased infant crying, which can trigger parent or caregiver frustration.)Purple baby caps will be distributed and delivered to new parents in November and December, along with information about preventing shaken baby syndrome.
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