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Shaken Baby Syndrome is:
  • A serious brain injury.
  • Occurs when a baby is violently shaken.
  • Occurs when a baby is slammed against a hard object.
  • Shaking usually is done out of anger or frustration.
  • Shaking must be of such force that an independent observer would recognize the act as dangerous.

Shaken Baby Syndrome mostly occurs when a child receives numerous rapid shakes; head impact is not necessary, but does frequently occur.



Coping with Crying Baby / Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome

  • An infant may spend 2 to 3 hours a day crying
    20%-30% of infants exceed that amount of time.


  • A caregiver momentarily succumbs to the frustration of responding to a crying baby by shaking. Caregivers may be inadequately prepared for children. They may be under stress and cannot deal with the frustrations of parenting.


  • The caregiver personalizes the infants crying as inadequate care-giving.


  • "Shaken Baby Syndrome" usually happens when a caregiver is angry and looses control.


Check out our website information related to

"How to Comfort a Crying Baby".



Here are a few symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome that have already been discovered:

  • Head turned to one side.
  • Unable to lift or turn head.
  • Pinpointed, dilated, or unequal size pupils.
  • Blood pooling in the eyes.
  • Pupils unresponsive to light.
  • Bulging or spongy forehead.
  • No smiling or vocalization.
  • Poor sucking or swallowing.
  • Rigidity.
  • Semi-consciousness, lethargy, or decreased muscle tone.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Seizures or spasms.
  • Swollen head, which may appear later.

Warning Signs of Injury of Shaken Baby Syndrome

  • Poor Feeding / Eating
  • Cardiopulmonary arrest.
  • Vomiting.
  • Failure to thrive
  • Pale or blush skin.
  • Irritability
  • Seizures
  • Lethargic
  • Coma


Visit these websites for additional information regarding
Shaken Baby Syndrome.

The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

National Institute of Neurological Disorders - Shaken Baby Syndrome

Kids Health - Shaken Baby / Shaken Impact Syndrome


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