The Period of PURPLE Crying

Preventing Abusive Head Trauma and Sentinel Injuries


Maine Resource Family Training

  • Instructions: Complete a ‘New User Profile’
  • Complete the Period of PURPLE Crying Training for Foster and Adoptive Parents
    • Select ‘Read More: Continue to Module’
    • Complete 28 slide Training with Notes

Period of PURPLE ‘Crying Curve’

Many studies have shown that during the first three months of life, the crying of babies follows a developmental pattern. This pattern is called the crying curve. Crying begins to increase at two or three weeks of age, peaks at around six to eight weeks of age, and gradually declines by the age of 12 weeks. Some other studies have shown different peaks of crying, but all studies agree that maximum crying occurs in the first three months of life.