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What's FAPening: The Period of Purple Crying


Take a look around your companies, neighborhoods or churches, you may notice an abundance of expectant parents and newborn babies. Every baby is different, but all babies cry. As we prepare for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April within the US Army Garrison Hawaii, it is important to shine light on this developmentally appropriate, albeit challenging period of development known as, “The Period of Purple Crying.”

According to Marilyn Barr, the founder of the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome SBS/AHT, "The Period of PURPLE Crying begins at about 2 weeks of age and continues until about 3-4 months of age."

P- Peak of Crying: Your baby may cry more each week, the most in month two, less in months 3-5.

U- Unexpected: Crying can come and go and you don't know why.

R- Resists Soothing: Your baby may not stop crying no matter what you try.

P- Pain like face: A crying baby may look like they are in pain, even when they are not.

L- Long Lasting: Crying can last as much as 5 hours a day, or more.

E- Evening: Your baby may cry in the late afternoon and evening.

Knowing that PURPLE crying is a time in development that will end can be incredibly helpful to parents. Understanding stages of child development, including purple crying can also help prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome. Even those of us without children can support parents and use our knowledge of purple crying to create safer communities. Supported, connected Families make for stronger families and healthy, resilient communities.

Army Community Service, Family Advocacy Program strives to support, Soldiers and Families. If you are struggling, your ACS Ohana can help. We offer a variety of classes and groups that can assist with soothing techniques, expectation management, parenting education and skills building. Whether you are signing up for our Newborn Care Class or in home visitation from our New Parent Support Program, know that our team is here to support your Family. For a schedule of parenting classes or groups, call 808-655-4ACS (4227) or visit us online at

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