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Infant Safety - Purple Crying Program

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Keeping Infants Safe Through the Period of Purple Crying

The City of Tumwater Police and Fire Departments have partnered with the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome to provide the Period of Purple Crying Program. This safety program provides parents and caregivers with information, tools, and resources to protect infants during the time in a baby's life when they cry more than any other, the period of purple crying. 

This normal infant crying period, "PURPLE," refers to: 

P - Peak of Crying (usually peaks at month 2, but may go through month 5) 

U - Unexpected (Crying can come and go with no specific reason) 

R - Resists Soothing (May not stop no matter what is tried) 

P - Pain-like Face (May look like they are in pain, even if they are not) 

L - Long Lasting (Can go on as much as 5 hours a day) 

E - Evening (May cry more in evening) 

By increasing awareness, teaching soothing techniques (for infants and caregivers), and identifying resources, City of Tumwater Police and Fire Department personnel are working to address a critical child safety concern. Tumwater is the first community to provide this program through public safety services. 

More information

For information about the Purple Crying Program, please contact Lieutenant Jay Mason, Tumwater Police Department, at (360) 754-4200 or go to