Trauma prevention for babies

The Period of PURPLE Crying program is an evidence-based shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma (SBS/AHT) prevention program, with two goals:

  1. To support parents and caregivers in their understanding of early increased infant crying
  2. To reduce the incidence of SBS/AHT

The program approaches SBS/AHT and infant abuse prevention by helping parents and caregivers understand the frustrating features of crying in normal, healthy infants that can lead to shaking or abuse.

The program provides the opportunity for parents to learn about the crying characteristics from over 50 years of research on normal infant crying conducted by Dr. Ronald G. Barr, and other scientists worldwide.

LACASA’s CAP Council provides The Period of PURPLE Crying program for new parents through community partners in Livingston County as well as through our online Sleeping, Crying, Driving class in partnership with Michigan State University Extension office.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the Period or PURPLE Crying program or would like information on how your organization can become a community Period of PURPLE Crying distribution partner, contact the CAP Council at LACASA: 517-548-1350 or

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    Award recipients were honored during LACASA’s Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council’s “Plant a Pinwheel” celebration at the Howell Carnegie Library on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.