Program targets violence against infants

Posted May 31, 2009, at 10:50 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine health care providers and children’s advocates are launching a program to help parents cope with infant crying without losing control and injuring their children.

The program was developed in response to an increasing number of children with abusive head trauma reported by emergency room doctors, state caseworkers and others. The Maine Sunday Telegram reports that the number of shaken baby cases reported tripled last year compared to previous years, and four of the state’s 31 homicides last year were children under the age of 18 months.

The centerpiece of the Period of Purple Crying campaign is a video given to new parents, followed by coaching from health care providers.

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