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Pelham PD staff CLICK for Babies

September 5, 2017
Noelle LeMasurier (center) and Brenda Rizzo (right) present 234 handmade caps to Maria Doyle of NH Children’s Trust at the Pelham Police Department.
Noelle LeMasurier (center) and Brenda Rizzo (right) present 234 handmade caps to Maria Doyle of NH Children’s Trust at the Pelham Police Department.

Pelham, NH

Officers aren’t the only heroes at Pelham Police Department. Behind the scenes, staff members have been working to keep New Hampshire’s most vulnerable citizens safe in a creative and colorful way.

Dispatcher Noelle LeMasurier and Records Coordinator Brenda Rizzo have been hard at work knitting purple caps as part of CLICK for Babies, a grassroots campaign that aims to prevent the abuse of infants by educating parents and caretakers about the Period of PURPLE Crying and the dangers of shaking.

Unsoothable infant crying can cause stress and frustration for parents and caregivers. Shaken baby syndrome (also called Abusive Head Trauma) and other forms of infant maltreatment can occur when parents or caregivers are unprepared for infant crying that can last up to 5 hours per day. The most common trigger of shaking or harming an infant is frustration with crying.

In New Hampshire, 96 percent of parents give birth at a hospital that provides education on the Period of PURPLE Crying – the normal developmental stage of increased crying infants go through between two weeks and six months of age and how to cope with the frustration of this crying. PURPLE is an acronym that represents the six characteristics of this developmental stage. 

“I was taught about the Period of PURPLE Crying when I gave birth to my first child in November of 2015,” LeMasurier said. “I’m thankful that the nurses and hospital staff taught me about PURPLE Crying so I could become the best mom possible.”

Each year, knitters and crocheters across North America are invited to make purple-colored baby caps that are given to parents as a reminder of the information they received in the hospital.

In the Granite State, NH Children’s Trust coordinates the implementation of the Period of PURPLE Crying and leads CLICK for Babies. CLICK for Babies participants are encouraged to KNIT one cap, TELL two people and GIVE three dollars to increase awareness of the Period of PURPLE Crying and prevent shaken baby syndrome.

“We are so thankful to Noelle LeMasurier and Brenda Rizzo of the Pelham Police Department for their participation in CLICK for Babies,” said Maria Doyle, program director at NH Children’s Trust. “Everyone can help keep babies safe and families strong by spreading awareness of the Period of PURPLE Crying.”

These members of the Pelham Police Department have helped keep New Hampshire infants safer by donating 234 hats to NH Children's Trust to be distributed to New Hampshire hospitals participating in Period of PURPLE Crying training.

New Hampshire Children's Trust leads Period of PURPLE Crying education and CLICK for Babies campaign in NH. Purple cap donations will be accepted through September. To learn more about CLICK for Babies, go to www.nhchildrenstrust.org/CLICK.