Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken baby syndrome – a medical term used to describe the violent shaking of an infant resulting in head and/or brain injuries. Symptoms may include changes in behavior, irritability, lethargy, vomiting, and convulsions. If you know or suspect that your baby has been violently shaken, seek medical treatment for the baby immediately.
The muscles in a baby’s neck are weak and not fully developed. Any sudden shaking motion can cause brain damage or death.

Shaking your baby may cause:
» Severe injury or death
» Irreversible brain damage
» Blindness or seizures
» Broken bones
A crying baby is the major cause of Shaken Baby Syndrome:
» Make sure the baby has been fed and her diaper changed
» Gently rock the baby
» Check to see if the baby has a fever
» Take the baby for a walk or a ride in the car
If the crying continues:
» Place the baby in her crib and walk away for a few minutes
» Try to relax and count to ten
» Call a friend or relative – ask them to come over to help you
» Call the doctor – explain any symptoms in addition to the crying

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