Organization offers parenting help

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WICHITA, Kansas – Samantha Cotten works for the Kansas Children’s Service League.

She says child neglect cases have been a hot topic.

“In the last year, more than 35,000 reports were screened in statewide, and more than 7,000 of those were here in Sedgwick County.”

Experts speculate that some abuse may result from parents not able to handle the pressure.

A stress that can sometime cause a parent or guardian to lose their cool and snap.

“My anxiety goes up because I’m trying to figure out why is she screaming,” said Alicia McMurtray, mother. “I want her to stop crying, and it kind of makes me think that something’s wrong.”

Sometimes nothing is wrong. Experts call this the purple period. It begins normally when a child is about two weeks old.

“Crying can increase from anywhere to 30 minutes a day to five hours a day which can be extremely stressful and exhausting on a family,” said McMurtray.

“Never shake your baby even the slightest little like this, that can cause her to have brain damage.”

The intense period of crying usually begins to let up around four to five months of age.

So what do you do in the meantime when nothing seems to comfort your baby?

The Kansas Children’s Service League says first, stay calm.

“When you feel yourself getting ready to do something you know you shouldn’t do, it’s best to just lay her somewhere safe and walk out of the room.”

And if that doesn’t work, call a family member, friend or a 24 hour help line at 1-800-CHILDREN.

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