What is PURPLE crying?

Contrary to what some might think… it is not a case of babies turning purple when they cry! Dr Ronald Barr, a developmental paediatrician who researched infant crying extensively, developed the phrase ‘ the period of PURPLE Crying’.

PURPLE stands for

P = Peak of Crying
Usually around 2nd month of age

U = Unexpected crying
Crying for no obvious reason

R = Resists soothing
May not stop crying no matter what you do

P = Pain-like face
They may appear like they are in pain even when
they are not

L = Long lasting
Can last as long as 5 hours a day or more

E = Evening
May cry more in late afternoon and evening

The period of “PURPLE crying” begins around two weeks of age and continues until 3-4 months of age. Many parents may interpret the crying as their baby in discomfort or pain , and may feel quite helpless. While “colic” is often diagnosed during this period, it is important to know all babies will go through this phase and it improves as they grow older.

An appropriate assessment and recognition of this challenging phase is important to reassure the worried parents. Some tips to sooth a crying baby may include carrying the baby in a carrier, using soothing sounds or white noise, and giving the baby a bath or massage.

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紫色啼哭並不如有些爸爸媽媽所想的,當寶寶哭得時候臉變成紫色。『紫色啼哭時期』是由兒童發展醫生Dr Ronald Barr在進行多項研究後針對寶寶啼哭高峰期所定義的名詞。

PURPLE (紫色) 是指:

P = 寶寶啼哭高峰期, 通常發生於寶寶两個月大時
U = 不預期啼哭, 無明顯理由哭闹
R = 拒绝安撫, 無論妳如何安撫寶寶, 還是哭鬧不止
P = 臉上出現痛苦表情, 即使不痛也出現痛苦表情
L = 長時間哭鬧, 每天可持續五小時,甚至更久
E = 傍晚, 在下午或傍晚哭得更多