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
- 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
- The caregiver personalizes the infants crying as inadequate care-giving.
- "Shaken Baby Syndrome" usually happens when a caregiver is angry and looses control.
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"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.
- 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.
- Failure to thrive
- Pale or blush skin.