The Period of Purple Crying

New parents have wonderful and not so wonderful experiences with their new infants, but crying has got to be one of the most challenging. There are a couple of basic reasons why this is so. First, new parents want and expect a wonderful, mostly smiling, responsive baby. But when the baby cries for five hours, the crying is unsoothable and nothing the parents do seems to help, the disappointment can be profound. Second, many parents do not know that there is a very typical and completely normal set of features of crying that all infants do in the first weeks and months of life. These are the features that are described as the Period of PURPLE Crying® 

“New parents want and expect a wonderful, mostly smiling, responsive baby. But when the baby cries for five hours, the crying is unsoothable and nothing the parents do seems to help, the disappointment can be profound.”

 Read the full article by author Ronald G. Barr, MDCM, FRCP (C) here

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Some things to remember:

Safe and loving caregivers are the most important thing to your baby.
Caring for a crying baby is very hard, so be sure to take good care of yourself.
Picking up a crying baby will not spoil them.
Crying is natural, but if you are concerned about your baby’s health, please call your healthcare provider.

Learn more about Infant Crying

Why This Crying Is Normal by author Ronald G. Barr, MDCM, FRCP(C)
Why does my baby cry so much? by author Ronald G. Barr, MDCM, FRCP(C)
Why We Know Your Infant is Not in Pain by author Ronald G. Barr, MDCM, FRCP(C)
What is Colic?  by author Ronald G. Barr, MDCM, FRCP(C)
What Else Should You Know about Crying by author Ronald G. Barr, MDCM, FRCP(C)
Real Life Challenges of Infant Crying on the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndome