Focus on first 1000 days: article on educating parents about newborn’s cries

Daniel Burdon’s article, The tracks of their tears: Why crying babies are normal and how ACT Health is telling new parents about it, published in The Canberra Times (12 January 2017) reports that the ACT government will be providing formal training for parents on the normality of crying. The ‘Period of PURPLE crying program’ has been successfully implemented interstate and overseas in reducing abusive head trauma in infants.

Early intervention with a focus on the early years, particularly the first 1000 days for a child, is one of the three key strategies in the the Third Action Plan of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children (2009-2020). Families Australia chairs the working group focusing on this important strategy.