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Parenthood is one of the most rewarding and important, yet difficult things you can do. The birth of a baby will bring about many changes and challenges in the lives of new parents. It does take time to adjust to these new roles.

Your unsettled infant

The period of PURPLE crying is a way to help parents understand this time in your baby’s life. PURPLE is an acronym for the common characteristics of this phase. All babies go through the period of PURPLE crying – some will cry a lot and some far less. It typically begins at about two weeks of age and continues until about three – four months of age. When babies are going through this period they seem to resist soothing (Dr Barr et al, 2009).

Peak of Crying – Baby may cry more each week, peaking in month two, then less in months three – five

Unexpected – Crying can come and go and you don’t know why

Resists Soothing – Your baby may not stop crying no matter what you try

Pain like face – Your crying baby may look like they are in pain, even when they are not

Long lasting – Crying can last as much as five hours a day or more

Evening – Your baby may cry more in the later afternoon or evening

If you are concerned about your baby’s crying and it doesn’t feel right see your GP, paediatrician or child health nurse.

Cairns Private Hospital Early Parenting Centre

Cairns Private Hospital Early Parenting Centre invites parents and your baby to come for a four-day, five-night stay. Our staff will make you feel at home, supported and cared for. We offer personalised residential programs designed to support parents and infants experiencing sleep and settling issues, unsettled/irritable infants, feeding concerns, parental exhaustion, anxiety or sleep deprivation. You will be fully supported by our experienced team of paediatricians, lactation consultants, nurses, midwives and child health nurses, who are here to help and guide you.

We will give you strategies, support, practical and theoretical education tailored to your individual needs. Our aim is to help parents achieve their goals, build greater confidence and be empowered on their parenting journey.

The Cairns Private Hospital Early Parenting Centre offers a place of safe haven and support while you adjust to parenthood. For more information please contact our Early Parenting Centre Manager on 4052 8077.