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local organizations work together to prevent fatal head trauma in babies

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The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome estimates that 1300 babies suffer severe or fatal head trauma each year.

That's why a pair of local organizations are working to save lives, knitting purple caps as a reminder to parents not to shake their babies. Over 100 caps were donated by Cape May County organizations hugs and stitches and the Christ Child Society. Along with an informational DVD, organizers hope they can prevent a tragedy before it occurs.

Peggy Smith, Program Manager of Healthy Families stated,"When parents get frustrated or caregivers are frustrated or caregivers get frustrated and they shake their baby when they don't stop crying and so we try and teach them how to soothe their baby, how to love their babies and just set them down and walk away and take a timeout for themselves."

Experts say it is normal for babies to cry persistently from the time they're two weeks old to five months old.

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