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Knit-in aims to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Knitters picked up their needles and held a knit-in Saturday morning to help prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome. They gathered at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids to make purple caps for newborn babies.

Click for Babies is an effort to educate parents about the Period of Purple Crying campaign. It's a national program to help educate parents about the dangers of shaking a child and tell them that it's okay to put a crying baby in a crib and walk away.

"The hope is that parents, when they receive their education in November, they'll pick out a purple cap," said Denise Easley, a registered nurse in the NICU at St. Luke's Hospital. "Hopefully they'll be able to tell at least one person why their baby's wearing a purple cap."

There are three more knit-ins scheduled at St. Luke's in the coming months. Organizers are hoping to beat last year's record and make more than 7,000 caps.

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